Aanand L Rai, Bhushan Kumar, and Zee Studios collaborated on the Marathi film “Aatmapamphlet,” the first time in history that this trio worked together. The movie, which newcomer Ashish Bende helmed, recently had its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival.
The movie was chosen for the Generation 14+ competition. Paresh Mokashi, who is known for writing and directing movies like Harishchandrachi Factory (2009) and the most recent “Vaalvi,” is the author of Aatmapamphlet (2023). The movie’s main character is a young boy who develops feelings for a classmate. It is a sweet story of unrequited love that will transport viewers back in time while highlighting the huge sociopolitical changes in the world around him. Ketaki Saraf, Pranjali Shrikant Bhimrao Munde, and master Om Bendkhale play crucial roles in the movie.
Aatmapamphlet’s world premiere at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival was attended by Zee Studio’s dignitaries Ashima Avasthi, Bhumika Tewari, Neeraj Joshi, Mangesh Kulkarni, and Jatin Talwar in addition to the film’s writer, Paresh Mokashi, director, Master Om Bendkhale, director of photography Satyajeet Jadhav, and producers Aanand L Rai, Shariq The opening night and all following performances are completely sold out!
Director Ashish Avinash Bende says, “‘Aatmapamphlet’ isn’t just a film. It is my passion project. I don’t think a first-time director can ask for something more than this! To have the film screened at the most celebrated film festival is a tremendous high point in my life. The film’s screening at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival has vividly pushed young filmmakers’ imaginations and empowered them to dream bigger.”
Shariq Patel, CBO, Zee Studios, stated, “Zee Studios has always believed in the power of regional storytelling. With ‘Aatmapamphlet’s selection at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, we have affirmed our resolve to carve a niche for the Indian entertainment industry in the global circuit. We are proud to have added Marathi cinema to the lists of cinema enthusiasts worldwide.”
Producer Aanand L Rai shared, “‘Aatmapamphlet’ is a beautiful film and very dear to me as it marks my debut as a producer in the Marathi cinema. It has been an incredible experience working on this one. It is a feel-good movie and a heart-warming tale that will leave you smiling. After all, cinema is about amplifying human emotions on the silver screen, and our film does that very well.”
Producer Bhushan Kumar, Chairman & Managing Director, T-Series, adds, “Aatmapamphlet exudes raw human emotions in the most simplified manner. Storytelling draws an immediate connection with the audience when it’s humane. The film beautifully portrays the authenticity of India, especially Maharashtra! It is indeed a proud feeling to bring Indian culture into the global entertainment space.”
Madhugandha Kulkarni, from Mayasabha Karmanuk Mandali, added, “It is an absolute delight to see Marathi cinema making global waves. The most pleasant part was seeing our film get such immense love from audiences who don’t necessarily understand the Marathi language. Entertainment truly transcends boundaries.”
“Aatmapamphlet” has won praise from audiences worldwide. One of the first Marathi movies to receive such a significant level of worldwide acclaim. Together with a fantastic cast performance, the film’s “feel-good” aspect and original plot have received great praise from fans. Zee Studios is consistently producing content that is redefining Indian entertainment on the international stage, as evidenced by the official selection of “Joram” at the 52nd IFFR in 2023, the selection of “Brown” at the Berlinale Market Selects, and the opening of “Lost” at the Chicago South Asian Film Festival in September of last year.
Source: News Desk