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Pinjra (2016)

  • Movie: Pinjra (2016)
  • Directed by: V. Shantaram
  • Produced by: V. Shantaram
  • Written by: Shankar Babaji Patil
  • Starring: Shriram Lagoo, Sandhya, Nilu Phule
  • Music by: Ram Kadam, Jagdish Khebudkar (lyrics)
  • Cinematography: Shivaji Sawant
  • Production: Rajkamal Kalamandir
  • Release date: 31 March 1972
  • Re-release: 18 March 2016[post_ad]

Pinjra is a 1972 Marathi film, directed by V. Shantaram, starring Shriram Lagoo and Sandhya in lead roles.

In 1972, the film was also released in Hindi with the same title. Set in Tamasha folk musical theatre of Maharashtra, the film is about a morally righteousness school teacher, Lagoo, who wants to reform a Tamasha performer, played Sandhya, but ends up falling in love with her. It was an adaptation of Josef von Sternberg's German film, The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel, 1930) starring Marlene Dietrich, which itself was based on Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat ("Professor Garbage", 1905).

The film is known for its music and dance numbers with music by Ram Kadam, and picturised on the lead actress Sandhya, known for her dancing prowess. It was also the film debut of noted theatre actor, Shriram Lagoo. The film was also remade by Shantaram in Hindi with same cast and title, even the songs like "Mala lagali kunachi uchaki", which were a big hit in Marathi version, were re-recorded in Hindi version.

The film was one was last major film by veteran director, who had made classics like Duniya Na Mane (1937), Do Aankhen Barah Haath (1957) and Navrang (1959). Produced in colour and replete with catchy dance numbers sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Usha Mangeshkar. Prior to its release, one reel of the film was test-screened in the theatres, to check colour reproduction. It went on to become one of biggest commercial successes of its time. This also lead to the introduction of colour films in Marathi cinema. In 1973, it won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi for the year 1972.

Pinjra is having its re-release in digital format and change in sound format on 18 March 2016. Pune-based Purushottam Laddha is all set to re-release the film, two-month-long process cost Laddha Rs ₹1.25 crore (US$190,000).

Pinjra (2016) Reviewed by Marathi Celebs on March 20, 2016 Rating: 5

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