It’s been a good year for Marathi cinema, with off-beat films like Balak Palak and 72 Miles Ek Pravas receiving rave reviews. Now, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) will celebrate the industry’s successes this year, with the fifth edition of the Nave Valan film festival. The five-day event starts today (October 4) and will go on till October 8.
Vikram Gokhale shared the National Film Award for Best Actor with Irrfan for the former's Marathi film Anumati.
On the roster are award-winning films like Pune 52 (2012), Anumati, Touring Talkies, and Tuhya Dharma Koncha. What’s more, entry to the festival is free and will be allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The festival will also mark the premiere of the much-anticipated Lagna Pahave Karun (LPK), which stars actors Mukti Barve and Umesh Kamat. The director of the film, Ajay Naik, says, “The festival provides us with an opportunity to connect with a niche and much bigger audience. Also, there is a common misconception that most Marathi films are very arty, but we also have a commercial film like LPK screening at the festival. ”
Director Gajindra Ahire, two of whose films are being screened at the event, shares a similar view. “I have made a good film, and I want it to touch as many lives as possible. The festival is a platform that will let us do just that. With the subtitles in place, even non-Marathi speakers will be able to enjoy the films,” he says.
Pune 52, October 4, 6.30 pm
Popat, October 5, 6 pm
Anumati, October 6, 3 pm
Touring Talkies, October 6, 6 pm.
Lagana Pahave Karun, October 7, 6.30 pm
72 Miles Ek Pravas, October 8, 6.30 pm
All films will be screened at the Little Theatre, NCPA.