Throwing the light on the journey of Marathi cinema from its first feature film Raja Harishchandra to the latest one Harishchandrachi Factory,prominent personalities said that this regional cinema is giving competition to Hindi cinema.
The personalities were speaking at a discussion Golden Era,For Marathi Cinema and Audience at National Film Archive of India (NFAI) organized by UTV,Peprika Media and Maysabha in collaboration with Indian Magic Eye on Sunday.
Today,Marathi cinema,its directors are challenging the Hindi cinema. The new generation has stepped up and is making excellent Marathi films with awareness of subject,economy,new technology,innovation. This is the golden era of not only producers and directors but also of Marathi audience, said the panel members. The event hosted by Prof Anil Zankar saw discussion by panel members including Ajay Sarpotdar,All-India Marathi Film Federation (AIMFF),veteran actor Dr Mohan Agashe,actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar,and Vijay Jadhav,director,NFAI.
Manjrekar said,Today, Marathi cinema is powerful enough to surpass Hindi cinema because of the brilliant directors unlike in the recent past when you were not able to differentiate between Marathi movies due to their lack of subject and storyline.
Actor Mohan Agashe spoke on the marketing,financial and technological aspects that go into filmmaking. The new generation filmmakers are well-versed in technology,they are aware of subject,economy,new technology which facilitates todays cinema. While,in initial days,which saw lack of advanced technology,excellent movies were made only because of the sheer love and awareness,said Dr Agashe.
Pointing out the similarities in the past and present scenario of Marathi cinema,Sarpotdar said that Marathi cinema is witnessing the same phenomenal growth as it did during the times of veteran directors like Raja Paranjpe,G D Malgulkar,who dared to touch different subjects.
If more people are watching Marathi movies,that has increased the responsibility of producers and directors,said Sarpotdar. He said that they requested the government to include chapters on Dadasaheb Phalke,G D Madgulkar and V Shantaram in the syllabus of schools and colleges so that new generation learns about the golden ear of the Marathi cinema.
The discussion concluded with felicitation of team of Harishchandrachi Factory on the stage including Paresh Mokashi,the director and other cast of the film.