Director: Amol Palekar; Writer: Vyankatesh Madgulkar; Producer: Amol Palekar; Cinematographer: Debu Deodhar; Editor: Waman Bhosale; Cast: Chandrakant Mandhre, Adhishree Atre, Sushma Deshpande, Chandrakant Kulkarni, Nandu Madhav, Sunil Ranade, Nagesh Bhosle, Hiralal Jain, Kishore Kadam, Upendra Limaye, Ravindra Divekar, Ravi Kane, Gaensh Yadav, Madhuri Bhagwat, Hemu Adhikari, Sushama Deshpande, Mangesh Satpute, Pratima Joshi.
Duration: 01:54:42; Aspect Ratio: 2.368:1; Hue: 53.181; Saturation: 0.169; Lightness: 0.259; Volume: 0.287; Cuts per Minute: 9.345; Words per Minute: 37.659
Summary: Palekar’s second Marathi film after Aakriet
(1981) revisits the classic Marathi tradition of
rural melodrama associated with the writer
Madgulkar, a genre central to the regionalist
imaginary of post-Independence Maharashtra.
Set in 1939 in the formerly princely state of
Aundh, a young school teacher (Kulkarni) is
posted to the hamlet of Bangarwadi, noted for
its ‘criminal’ tribe of Ramoshis and its perennial
drought problems. The teacher introduces
modernity via a school as well as concepts
such as the values of education and communal
harmony. However the draught strikes and the
villagers leave, but the school teacher stays
behind. Chandrakant Mandhre, the noted
Marathi star, plays the village headman.