Director: Madhav Shinde
Summary: The fort of Raigad occupies an important place in the history of Maharashtra,being the capital of Shivaji’s kingdom. Madhav Shinde, the director of the short film ‘Kille Raigad’, was among the important filmmakers of the Kolhapur school of filmmaking. He made noted Marathi films like Shikleli Bayko (The Educated Wife), Grihadevata and Dharmakanya. ‘Kille Raigad’ was produced by Mahalaxmi Chitra, the production banner founded by the Mangeshkar Family. The short film features some intriguing bit of filmmaking – it’s a hybrid film that combines documentary footage of the Raigad Fort in 1967, and superimposes upon it enacted scenes of Chhatrapati Shivaji and his officials. Making the film even more interesting is its use of sketches. Combining several cinematic techniques, the film guides the viewer through the Fort. With an inspired voice-over narration, Purandare provides invaluable details about the fort – the room where the King used to rest, the secret passageways used by the soldiers during the battles and the legendary Hirkani Bastion. Beautiful black-and-white footage transports the audience right to the historic place, while Purandare’s narration further deepens the unique effect created by the film. NFAI acquired a 16mm print of the film courtesy of Babasaheb Purandare, facilitated by the efforts of Dr. Ravi Lohokare and Anil Damle. The print received by NFAI was in a heavily damaged state, and through its efforts, the archive has salvaged and restored nearly 95% of the film.