Director: Master Vinayak; Writer: C.V. Joshi's short story, V.S. Khandekar; Cinematographer: Pandurang Naik; Cast: Damuanna Malvankar, V. Jog, Shakuntala Bhome, Vasant Eric, Vatsala Kumthekar, Damayanti Joshi, Bapurao Pawar, Kulkarni, Gopinath Savkar, Vatsala Joshi, Baby Vimal, Noorjahan, Anant Warerkar, Shetye, B. D. Patil, Malina
Navyug Chitrapat started with Vinayak's first adaptation of C.V. Joshi's popular satires featuring the bumbling duo Chimanrao (Malvankar's bestknown film role) and Gundyabhau (Jog). In order to marry off his sister Chimni, Chimanrao must first get married himself but he is tricked by his prospective father-in-law. He then arranges a marriage between Chimni and a post office clerk who soon turns into a routinely selfish male. Shot mainly as a comedy about arranged marriages in early 20th-C. feudal Maharashtra, the film has a loose, episodic narrative with Gundyabhau addressing the viewer directly in the beginning and at the end. Much of it concerns ‘traditional' attitudes evoked through e.g. technological novelties like still photography (the girl's photograph to show to her prospective groom is taken in flat tones and a characteristic Ravi Varma-like posture), through caricatures of other communities (e.g. the Gujarati businessman from Kathiawar, the Englishman) and sometimes through the music (the sister knows one devotional song to show off her voice to elderly people and one love song if her audience is young).