A candid chat session with members of God’s Team on the Balcony, Poraga Majetay, Firastya, Mayfly and Godakath during the Pune International Film Festival – Punekar News


Pune, December 7, 2021: The 19th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) Day 6 “Open Conversations” session was led by Samar Nakhate, PIFF Creative Director at NFAI at Law College Road on Tuesday.

Nakhate interacted with film crew members from various categories including Makarand Mane and Shashank Shende of Poraga Majetay, Vitthal Bhosale, Dr. Swpna Bhosale, Harish Baraskar, Samarth Jadhav, Girish Jambhalikar of Firastya, Kiran Nirmal, Vitthal Jogdand and Swapnil Kolhe from Mayfly, Gajendra Ahire, Krishna Soren and Mrinmayee Godbole from Godakath and Biswajeet Bora from God on the balcony.

Poraga Majetay

Director: Makarand Mané

Makarand Mane’s first feature film as a director was “Ringan”, which achieved critical acclaim in the international market, earning him a National and State Award and a Filmfare Award. His latest film Poraga Majetay, which effectively presents a very simple real-life story that is happening around us, was chosen for the PIFF screening.

The story is about Sagar and his father who decided to invite their distant relatives to Sagar’s wedding. Sagar has to leave his job in Pune to live with his parents in the village while working as a farmer and he and his father are still at odds for no particular reason.

The meaning of the father-son relationship that unfolds at every stage of life, the links that are renewed, the responsibilities that flow from it, is a beautiful combination of dialogue and discord in the film.

“The film portrays a lot of emotions, feelings and general disagreement. It focuses on the trajectory that relationships take. There was a lot of improvisation and coordination to be done between the artists. The idea took shape during the lockdown period and we started the project. Most of the film was shot on the outskirts of Pune, ”Makarand said.

The Godakaath Film crew in conversation with Samar Nakhate at NFAI today.  (left to right) Samar Nakhate, Gajendra Ahire, Mrunmayee Godbole & Krushna Soren


Director: Gajendra Ahire

For director Gajendra Ahire, the film’s title was originally called “Godavari” but was later changed to “Godakaath” and the film took over 2.5 years to shoot and complete.

“We discussed the idea with the director of photography, Krishna Soren and the story was formed. We had to put a lot of emphasis on the texture of the characters, the tones and other aspects of the film, ”says Ahire.

Gajendra Ahire is a Marathi Indian filmmaker and screenwriter and so far he has made over 57 films. It has won several state and national awards and is a household name in theaters for which it has been recognized by the government. of India, Govt. of Maharashtra and various institutions across India and abroad.

The trajectory of a river is always delicate. By its course, the river is like a lesson in resilience: it always clears a new path when it encounters an obstacle, before reaching the ocean. GodaKaath takes us through a similar life journey through his protagonist, Preeti. Preeti, in her thirties, holds a management position in a multinational corporation. She is motivated by a thirst for power, with little regard for personal relationships. A combination of an accidental pregnancy, career slump and drug addiction caused her to suddenly quit everything, including life.

She later meets Sadanand, a local village veterinarian, who teaches Preeti to appreciate the little things in life, instead of chasing after materialism.

Mrinmayee Godbole, who plays Preeti, said: “We enjoyed the process and gave it a realistic touch believing that we are not in front of the camera, but this was a real life incident. My character had to be very patient and I had to constantly seek comfort.

The Mayfly film crew in conversation with Samar Nakhate at NFAI today.  (LR) Nakhate, Kiran Nirmal, Viththal Jogdand & Swapnil Kolhe


Director: Kiran Nirmal

Young passionate filmmaker, director, Kiran Nirmal was trained at the DES Film and Television Institute and his vision is to present cinema in a different and commercial style.

Mayfly’s story revolves around Yoga, a young boy who, being poor, also lives in fear of his father. He wants to change the state of his house, so one day he decides to leave the house without telling anyone.

“An ephemeral lives only 24 hours and takes 2 years to come to life. Likewise, our protagonist after leaving home and arriving in a big city realizes that everything his parents said to him was significant. After arriving in the city, his perspective on life changes and reality appears to him, ”explains Kiran.

According to Kiran, visual aids can create a bigger impact than books or drama.

“Through this film, we wanted to create an impression and we wanted people to know how reality is different from our expectations,” he says.


Director: Vitthal Machindra Bhosale

Vitthal Machindra Bhosale, writer and director of “Firastya”, is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and now works as a joint income tax commissioner in Pune. Her first film ‘Firastya’ is inspired by real events in her own life.

“Firastya” is the inspiring story of a troubled boy inspired by real events, portrayed in three life stages, namely childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

The village boy, Pandurang has big dreams and with strong will, hard work and sacrifice, he wants to turn his dreams into reality.

His father Bapu, a poor and illiterate farm worker, however, wishes to educate his son to avoid the stigma associated with illiteracy. Pandurang takes on the challenge of achieving his life’s goal and, at the age of 13, travels from Satara to Pune to Delhi and Mumbai and returns to his village after becoming a Class 1 officer.

“I wanted to write a book on the subject, but my boss advised me to make a film on the subject, which would highlight the successes and failures a person goes through to achieve their goals. It took us 6 months to analyze the script and everything in the film was described in a simple way, ”says Bhosale.

Even though the film is straightforward and focuses on everyday life in a village, the directors say the entertainment was not wasted as the dialogue and characters were chosen consistently according to the roles.

“Even the music was in harmony with the environment of the village,” says Bhosale.

Biswajeet Bora, director of the film 'God on the Balcony' in conversation with Samar Nakhate (L) at NFAI today

God on the balcony

Director: Biswajeet Bora

Biswajeet Bora is an Indian filmmaker, producer, editor and writer and one of the renowned filmmakers of North East India, now based in Mumbai. He worked with internationally renowned filmmaker Jahnu Barua for 7 years as an assistant director before directing his first Hindi film titled “Aisa Yeh Jahaan” which was India’s first carbon neutral film. He won the Best Director Award “Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Trophy” for the film “God on the Balcony” at the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival. The film was also officially selected at various international festivals.

The film is set in a remote village in Assam and revolves around Khagen, a farmer, his wife Numali and his daughter Kuwali. Numali dies in an incident where she is crushed to death by wild elephants. The story tells of his relentless struggles to get his wife’s corpse back on his bike back from the hospital due to the unavailability of an ambulance. As he walks the pebble roads with the body and his daughter, he meets two journalists and, as a result, their journey turns into a completely different battle.

“I wanted to keep political elements in the film to make it more captivating for the audience. In writing the character of Khagen, I wanted to show his tenacity and patience during the crisis. I made sure that motley characters arouse interest and make people think about such incidents, ”says Biswajeet.


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