|'Kaksparsha' presents a realistic tale
Film maker Mahesh Manjrekar's latest Marathi film 'Kakasparsha' takes you into pre independence era, to narrate the tale of Haridada (Sachin Khedekar) and his family living in a village in Konkan, Maharashtra. Those were the days, when girls used to get married even before attaining puberty. Haridada gets his younger brother Mahadeo (Abhijit Kelkar) married to one such girl Durga (Ketaki Mategaonkar) approved by his associate Balwant (Sanjay Khapre) who is also close to girl's family.
||Durga turns Uma after marriage, on entering the disciplined house of Haridada, whom she respects a lot, besides liking him for his behavior and personality. When Mahadeo passes away at young age, while studying his law; the responsibility of Uma lies on the shoulders of Haridada and his family. Uma mixes up well with Haridada's wife and children of Haridada and takes care of them, as she grows up with them.
As per the rituals in Brahmin family, Uma is supposed to shave off her head; after her husband's death; but Haridada opposes to the demand of the Priests from village headed by Upadhyay (Vaibhav Mangale). When Haridada's wife passes away, everybody expects him to marry Uma ( Priya Bapat, who plays the grown up Uma) and Uma too is willing for the same. But, Haridada refuses to do so; as he is committed to his promise given to soul of the departed, during the rituals observed on the 10th day after Mahadeo's death.
A time comes when Haridada stops talking to Uma and that hurts her. She stops eating. Everybody including Haridada's elder sister, Haridada's married children and younger sister all fail to persuade her. Finally, Haridada confesses the truth to Uma, stating as to why he kept himself away from her, though over protected her. He even agrees to marry her, breaking all his promises, only with the hope that she would give up her fast. But, the director tries to be realistic and ends the film, the way he wished to respect the original script of Usha Datar on the screenplay of Girish Joshi.
Shot on the backdrop of Konkan, Mahesh Manjrekar has perfectly selected the locations, including the traditional ancestral house, to create the atmosphere of the pre- independence era. Very cleverly, he has inserted the character of Balwant, who is also shown as a freedom fighter. The character of Upadhyay played by Vaibhav Mangale clearly suggests the dominance of orthodox Brahmins those days.
From beginning till the end, the film sticks to its subject, without any diversions and that makes the presentation more realistic. 'Kakasparsha' is the film for sensible film viewers. Fine performances from Sachin Khedekar, Sanjay Khapre, Ketaki Mategaonkar, Vaibhav Mangle, Priya Bapat, Abhijit Kelkar, Saksham Kulkarni and others, makes it more impressive. Music and background music have been handled well and so is the wonderful cinematography capturing all those natural moments.
Actor Sachin Khedkar deserves all the praise for his memorable performance through that lifetime role of Haridada. He gets a good support from all other artistes. Prominent among them are Sanjay Khapre and Vaibhav Mangle who have invited special attention.
पहिला पाऊस ... पहिली आठवण
पहिलं घरटं ... पहिलं अंगण
पहिली माती ... पहिला गंध
पहिलं आभाळ ... पहिलं रान
पहिल्या झोळीत ... पहिलच पान
पहिले तळहाथ ... पहिलं प्रेम
पहिल्या सरीचा ... पहिलाच थेंब
पहिला पाऊस ... पहिलीच आठवण
पहिल्या घराचं ... पहिलच अंगण ....
A to Z of Marathi Food: Round-Up
We have finished our alphabetical Marathi journey, and it was so much fun! For those who joined me late, there is a section called "A to Z of Marathi Food" conveniently placed in the drop-down "Recipe Index" in the right margin of the blog, so that any letter can be looked up easily.
Why did I do this series? I have a deep love for regional food. The kind of food that you cannot buy in a generic restaurant. The kind which requires an invitation into someone's home, where it is made by loving hands and served with pride. I always wanted to represent Marathi food on One Hot Stove and while thinking about this on a long subway ride (the "6" train downtown if you must know), two quintissentially Marathi dishes that came to my mind were "amti" and "zunka". Hey, wait, that's an A and a Z! How fun would it be to make a dish from every letter of the alphabet? I pulled out a used envelope and a pencil from my purse and scratched out all the letters and started jotting down possible recipes to make. To my surprise, it was very easy to fill up most of the alphabets (save I, J, O, X, Y...you know I had to "cheat" on these). But would anyone be interested? I tentatively wrote the "A" post and was startled by the interest shown by many readers...and the rest just followed on its own.
Why did I choose the recipes that I did? I am a home cook, with the task of making everyday meals. By this criterion, I chose recipes that were easy, tasty and nutritious. Which means that I did not make many sweets (like ladoos and pedhas), fried foods (of which there are dozens) and elaborate preparations (like bakarwadi and puran-poli), choosing instead to make simpler preparations that are ideal for everyday meals. Some of these dishes are unique to Marathi cuisine while others are popular in different parts of India in one version or another. It was amazing to discover this "unity in diversity"!
The Complete Marathi Menu
Dals and Curries
1. Amti (Marathi-style Dal)
2. Chavli Amti (Black-eyed Peas)
3. Egg Rassa (Egg Curry)
4. Moogambat (Sprouted Mung Bean Curry)
5. Pithale (Chickpea Flour Curry)
As Maharashtra is a vast state, the people of this colourful state wears different types of costumes, take different cuisines, has different forms of dances and music according to the physical features of their locality. Generally, men wear dhoti and pheta in olden days, while women wear choli and saree. But with the change of time, young Maharashtrians too are fast attracting to the latest fashions imported from the western countries.
The mouth watering Konkan and Varadi cuisines would kill any visitor's appetite. Although, Maharashtrian cuisines are a bit strong in pepper and spice, but it is the speciality of the dishes of this state that world knows about. And everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai chaats.
The dance forms like Povada, Lavani and Koli with mesmerizing music and rhythmic movements entertain the Maharashtrians. Dhangri Gaja, Dindi, Kala and Tamasha are the folk dances that attach to the heart of the people of this state.
As Maharashtra is a vast state, the people of this colourful state wears different types of costumes, take different cuisines, has different forms of dances and music according to the physical features of their locality.
Maharashtrians consider anna, or food equals to Brahma, the creator of the universe. Maharashtrians believe in offering their food first to the God as a thanksgiving.
“Ajintha” marathi movie cast and crew with photos
“Ajintha” marathi movie cast and crew with photos
Philip Scott Wallace: Major Robert Gill
Sonalee Kulkarni: Paro
Manoj Kolhatkar: Jalal-Ud-Ddin
Avinash Narkar: Pandit
Jian Bostoch: Capt.James Smith
Reena Aggarwal: Kamala
Murli Sharma: Mukhiya
Makarand Deshpande: Daulatya
Manoj Joshi: Nizam
Neha Nitin Desai
Meena Chandrakant Desai
Director: Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Lyrics: N D Mahanor
Screenplay: Nitin Desai & Mandar Joshi
Production Designer: Nitin Chandrakant Desai
Dialogue: Abhiram Bhadkamkar
Executive Producer: Nitin Kulkarni
Music: Kaushal Inamdar
Music Associate: Aditya Oke
Costume Designer: Neeta Lulla
DOP: Rajeev Jain
Make-Up: Suhas Gawte
Editor: Prashant Khedekar
Sound Recordist: Vijay Bhope
Ajintha marathi movie film
Ajintha marathi movie film sonalee kulkani
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