Japan and Maharashtra

Cinema lovers of Japanese celluloid love Ozu as a beacon of cinematic greatness. His ‘Tokyo Story’ is revered as an epic. As is ‘Late afternoon late spring’. The beauty of Japan is easy to translate onto screen because the aesthetic of Japan is firmly entrenched in our collective subconscious. From pine wood to cherry blossoms, tea ceremonies to Geisha’s, kimonos to Mount Fuji, the visual panorama of Japan is a delight. In the recent past The Floating Castle merits mention for it’s warlord theme replete with armor and intoxicating scenes of battlefields. The Floating Castle is so visually compelling that even without English subtitles, the costumes and narrative leaves anyone mesmerized.

Marathi cinema is fascinating for many reasons. The ethos is emotions and real life accent make Marathi films special and significant. Katyar Kaljat Ghusali (English: A dagger through the heart) is a 2015 Marathi film based on a play by the same name. Directed by Subodh Bhave, the film stars Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shankar Mahadevan, and Subodh Bhave in lead roles. The film marks the directorial debut for Bhave, and the theatrical acting debut for Shankar Mahadevan. The original play, written by Purushottam Darvhekar, premiered in 1967 in Mumbai, where Hindustani classical vocalist Vasantrao Deshpande played one of the protagonists. This movie deserves mention because of its spectacular acting and music. Costumes too. Also worthy is Natasamrat (Court) where the various characters are fleshed to perfection via the clothing of the protagonists.

Artwork by Fabian Gonsalves.