NCPA to Host 2013 NAVE VALAN: MARATHI FILM FESTIVAL, Oct 4-8
Nave Valan concludes on October 8th with 72 Miles - Ek Pravas, directed by Rajeev Patil based on the novel "72 Miles"by Late Ashok Vatkar. It is a story of a troubled 13-year-old boy, Ashok, runs away from his harsh boarding school in Maharashtra's Satara district, to his home and family in Kolhapur. Through his eyes we see the India just two decades past its freedom from British rule, rich in natural beauty, rustic vibrant colours but still struggling with the prevalent strict systems of class, illiteracy, gender biases and acute poverty. The film explores Ashok's coming-of-age road journey of 72 miles, Satara to Kolhapur. Robbed and ill-treated at the very start, the boy is befriended by the kindly, spit-fire woman, Raddhakka, also making her arduous journey home. She comes from the lowly backward class community of untouchables. Beset as she is by her three unruly older children and a dying baby in her arms, she still takes Ashok into her care. Ashok is awed and inspired by Raddhakka's indomitable and assertive attitude despite a life full of loss and deprivation. Her simplistic philosophy affects him deeply--Ashok sees how Raddhakka an illiterate woman with not a penny to her name maintains the most positive outlook towards life through the most difficult times, which he witnesses with her. Inspired from the novel with the same name, Raddhakka's illiterate simplistic philosophy beats the most learned philosophers and teaches Ashok a growing up lesson he can never forget.
To allow for larger access, these films will be screened with English subtitles. Each screening will be followed by Chauraha, where filmmakers, artistes and other key cast members interact with the audience.
The NCPA Chauraha session is a unique initiative to create an informal, interactive, arts forum,where artists from across creative borders, exchange their work with other artists and an intimategroup of viewers.
Be the first one to catch the best of Marathi cinema this October at Nave Valan only at the NCPA.