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Wooing back audiences – Marathi Movie World’s Renaissance

With fresh themes and novel premises, present day Marathi cinema has raised the bar for regional language cinema in the country. Marathi cinema’s transformation from producing run of the mill comedies to films that smack of intelligence and sensibility has taken regional language movies in India to an entirely different level. Whereas Bengali and Malayalam cinema had already carved a space for themselves by producing movies which were high on quality content, Marathi cinema till the previous decade was stuck in churning out laugh riots and family dramas which confined to the tried and tested formula of commercial success. The decade of 2000 however was the dawn of a new age cinema in Marathi language. As ‘hatke’ and critically acclaimed films began to be offered to the Marathi viewing audience, the entire landscape of Marathi cinema went it for a makeover.

Though there is no one film that can be credited with the revival of Marathi cinema, it is said that the entry of ‘Shwaas’(2004) …

The two Ps of Research

Its now been almost an year that I have been engaged in the process and practice of research and I thought that its time to write about my experiences as a researcher - a role I never imagined I would be taking up. In an earlier post on this same blog, I had expressed my views that research requires patience. Today, I would like to add another 'P' to it and that is Passion. Passion is an essential requirement if you ever decide to make a career in research. Whereas I feel that any job on this earth requires passion and commitment. As Indians, all of us at some or the other time indulge in patriotism and say that I would like to do something for my country. In my view, if each Indian vowed to perform his/her work in the fullest of passion, sincerity and honesty then there would be no need to do this bit for the nation. By work, I mean constructive and positive works which take the country ahead on the path to progress and not destructive and works of negative nature. When I pon…