The Disciple trailer: Chaitanya Tamhane's award-winning film gets a release date on Netflix

Published on Mar 30, 2021 11:55 AM IST

Netflix on Tuesday unveiled the first trailer for The Disciple, directed by Chaitanya Tamhane. The film was also given a release date.

A still from Chaitanya Tamhane’s feature film, The Disciple.(Courtesy: Zoo Entertainment)
A still from Chaitanya Tamhane’s feature film, The Disciple.(Courtesy: Zoo Entertainment)

Netflix on Tuesday launched the trailer of its upcoming Marathi drama, The Disciple, a multi-award winning film that follows the life of Sharad Nerulkar, played by Aditya Modak.

Written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, the film is produced by actor and producer, Vivek Gomber and executive produced by Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón, The Disciple is set to release on Netflix on the 30th of April, 2021. The film also stars Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat and Kiran Yadnyopavit in pivotal roles.

Looking back at the journey, Tamhane said in a statement, “The Disciple is a true labour of love and a story very close to my heart. It is the journey of a Hindustani classical vocalist’s struggles, dreams, and artistic journey in contemporary Mumbai. We were blessed to have an extraordinary talent like Aditya Modak portray the protagonist, Sharad Nerulkar, through whose eyes we immerse ourselves in the fascinating world of Indian classical music. I am beyond happy that the film has found its home on Netflix, as there could not have been a better platform for this truly Indian story to reach a global audience.”

Speaking about the film, Gomber said, "I’m incredibly excited to share the film with the world, we have waited a long time to do so. I am thrilled and grateful to have Netflix as our streaming partner. With their global appeal and reach, I have no doubt the film will find a discerning audience worldwide. I sincerely believe this is a universal story and will speak to all of us with dreams and aspirations."

Also read: The Disciple director Chaitanya Tamhane: Without international recognition, it’s difficult to get attention in India

The film was awarded the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI, short for Federation Internationale de la Presse Cinematographique) and the Best Screenplay award at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. It was also screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was named a winner of the Amplify Voices Award. The film has also been nominated at the Film Independent Spirit Awards under the Best International Feature category.

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