After February and March, the month of April too will see releases of at least nine Marathi films, as per announcements made by producers so far. But this month has more exciting films to watch out for than the previous two months. Interestingly, two of the nine films have been directed by well-known cinematographers from Bollywood.
The film that has created maximum buzz is Yellow. Produced by Riteish Deshmukh and Uttung Thakur, and directed by Mahesh Limaye, Yellow is based on an inspiring true story. These three people had previously come together for Ravi Jadhav’s Balak Palak. While Riteish and Uttung had produced Balak Palak; Mahesh Limaye was the cinematographer. Mahesh has done cinematography also for Bollywood films Dabangg, Fashion and Corporate. Starring Upendra Limaye, Mrunal Kulkarni, Manoj Joshi, Gauri Gadgil and Hrishikesh Joshi; Yellow releases on April 4. The film has been written by Ambar Hadap and Ganesh Pandit.
The second big attraction is Mangesh Hadawale’s Tapaal. Having won awards and a lot of appreciation at national and international film festivals, Tapaal has been directed by Laxman Utekar, who has previously done cinematography for Bollywood films Boss, English Vinglish, Blue and Dekh Indian Circus. Starring Nandu Madhav, Veena Jamkar, Milind Gunaji, Urmila Kanetkar, Ganga Gogawle and Jayant Wadkar, Tapaal releases on April 18.
Filmmaker Gajendra Ahire is coming up with his second film of the year, titled Postcard, which has an impressive list of actors. From its promos, Postcard appears to be an engaging tale of interesting characters. The film has been produced by Smita Vinay Ganu, who earlier made Anumati with the same director. Postcard’s new stills, however, have the director’s name corrected as Gajjendra Ahirey. Postcard, which releases on April 25, features actors Girish Kulkarni, Sai Tamhankar, Radhika Apte, Subodh Bhave, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Kishor Kadam and Hemangi Kavi among others.
Santosh Manjrekar, whose Mee Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy is credited to be the first Marathi film to earn well over Rs 20 Crore at the box office, is surfacing after a long hiatus with Surajya. After claiming to have brought a political change with Mee Shivajiraje, the filmmaker this time is looking forward to kick off ‘a movement’, as what we know from the film’s stills, which are not looking very appealing though. Manjrekar has cast small-screen actors Vaibhav Tatwavadi and Mrunal Thakur to play the lead roles but he has roped in two ace performers – writer Saurabh Bhave (Hello Nandan) and cameraman Vikram Amladi (Fandry). So, looking at the director’s track-record and his current team, audience will surely be having high expectations from Surajya, which releases on April 18.
Director Shivaji Lotan Patil, who won National Award for Dhag, is now coming up with Rajwada, a light-hearted take on the vanishing dynastic culture. Scripted by Arvind Jagtap, Rajwada stars Mangesh Desai, Tejaswi Patil and Abhijit Chouhan. The film, which has the last screen appearance by late actor Kuldeep Pawar, releases on April 11.
Also releasing on April 11 is Ganesh Kadam’s Viti Dandoo, a film based in the pre-independence era. Starring Dilip Prabhawalkar, Yatin Karyekar, Mrunal Thakur and Ashok Samarth among others, Viti Dandoo also has a lot of child artists playing the popular rural sport.
After making Taani and Rangkarmi, director Sanjiv Kolte has come up with a youth-oriented film titled Campus Katta, starring Santosh Juvekar, Namrata Gaikwad, Sheetal Dabholkar, Swati Chitnis, Milind Shinde, Arun Nalawade and Kishori Shahane Vij. From the promos, Campus Katta appears to be on students’ politics, clearly targeting the college-going audience. The film releases on April 18.
The makers of Dhamak have once again shown the courage of announcing another release date but only time will tell whether the film really dares to hit the screens on April 25. Directed by Rajendra Bandivadekar, Dhamak’s release was earlier postponed a number of times. Packed with south Indian-style action sequences and an item number by Meghna Naidu, Dhamak stars Aniket Vishwasrao, Girija Joshi, Mohan Joshi, Vidyadhar Joshi and Ashok Samarth.
April 25 will also see the release of Shiv Kadam’s Cappuccino, which is slowly creating buzz among the young audiences through social media. Cappuccino features Jitendra Joshi, Mohan Joshi, Sanjay Narvekar, Manasi Naik, Girish Oak, Viju Khote and Varsha Usgaonkar.