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Rangaa Patangaa And Kaul Bagged Top Honours At PIFF 2016

Rangaa Patangaa And Kaul Bagged Top Honours At PIFF 2016

The 14th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), which ended on Thursday, saw over a hundred international and homegrown films compete for the jury awards, but it was the fresh-faced Marathi newcomers like Rangaa Patangaa and Kaul (A Calling) that bagged the top honours.

It truly was a night to remember for Marathi films as Prasad Namjoshi's debut Rangaa Patangaa won the Government of Maharashtra Sant Tukaram Best International Marathi Film as well as the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Maha Mandal Best Marathi Film Director award. The film, which was a joint venture of producer Amol Gole's production house, Flying God Films, and Vishwas Media & Entertainment, was pitted against films like like Natasamrat and Halal, made by national award-winning directors.

"To be adjudged the best in a category filled with industry greats feels truly inspiring. Especially, as it was adjudged by foreign jury, makes it even more special as it shows that our film has traversed he language barrier and can be understood globally," said Gole, who was also the director of photography for the film.

"It feels gratifying to hear that the judges liked my film. They said that it pushed the cinematic boundaries with its content and that it is movies like Kaul that will take Marathi films further," gushed Aadish Keluskar, director of Kaul (A Calling), which won the Special Mention certificate at the festival.

Kaul is the story of a young teacher in a village, who has a life-altering and supernatural experience. His sceptical mind goes on a twisting journey for answers that he is not sure he will find. The young director was more taken by the reception his debut film received from the young audience. "It was more endearing to see that the younger generation liked my film and that they could relate to it," added Keluskar.

Rangaa Patangaa And Kaul Bagged Top Honours At PIFF 2016 Reviewed by Marathi Celebs on January 22, 2016 Rating: 5

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