Director: V. Shantaram; Writer: Anant Mane, Shankar Patil; Producer: V. Shantaram; Cinematographer: Shivaji Sawant; Cast: Sandhya, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Vatsala Deshmukh, Nilu Phule, Maya Jadhav, Usha Naik, Sarla Yeolekar, Bhalchandra Kulkarni, Manikraj, Govind Kulkarni, Krishnakant Dalvi, Abu, Shobha, Anita, Gawde, Barchibahaddar, Kaka Chitnis, K. Ghorpade, Borate, Tawre, P. Anand, Aundhkar
Duration: 02:28:39; Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1; Hue: 358.600; Saturation: 0.046; Lightness: 0.353; Volume: 0.269; Cuts per Minute: 12.560; Words per Minute: 47.601
Summary: Shantaram’s remake of Sternberg’s Der blaue Engel (1930) is a belated homage to his German neo-expressionist influences. He set the story in the popular (esp. in scenarist Mane’s own films) Marathi genre of the Tamasha musical. The upright teacher (Shriram Lagoo), vehemently opposed to what he considers degenerate entertainment, is seduced by a Tamasha actress (Sandhya). The two fall in love, forcing the teacher to change his identity. In his new guise he ends up being accused, and sentenced to death, for having murdered the teacher, i.e. himself. Known mainly for its numerous hit songs, the film uninhibitedly rehearses the emphatic symbologies of Shantaram’s early days. Ironically, the film also chronicles Shantaram’s own dissolution as a film-maker closely linked to the formal misery of contemporary Marathi cinema, performing lok-natya music to garish colour and Sandhya’s actorial contortions. This is the film debut of Dr Lagoo, who was making a big impact at the time on the Marathi stage with his highly charged naturalist style. The success of this film was also instrumental in the beginning of the Color era in Marathi cinema.