A Jara Hatke Artiste: Ravi Jadhav

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The bespectacled unassuming Ravi Jadhav is to Marathi Cinema, what Pedro Almodovar is to Spanish Cinema…Relationships evolve, sexuality is realigned and a society falls into place around the central character rising to their destinies. Ravi Jadhav has a keen sense of music and his framing reminds one of neat European masterpieces from the realism era. Holding on to the new age Marathi sensibility of simplicity and characterisation as the core elment of his story-telling, Ravi Jadhav has been leaving audiences spellbound, worldwide.

Jadhav started his directorial career with the eponymous Natarang, starring Atul Kulkarni as a folk-dancer who slowly transforms into a character with many layers. Natarang went on to win the National Award for Best Feature Film and also was India’s official entry to the Oscars that year, garnering critical acclaim worldwide.

Jadhav followed it up with the biopic Balgandharva. Screened both at the Venice and Cannes Film Festivals, Balgandharva is a multiple National Award Winner.

Bollywood actor, Riteish Deshmukh turned producer with Jadhav’s next, Balak Palak. Based on a taboo but critical topic, that is sex education for adolescent youngsters, Balak Palak managed to garner both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The film has been remade in multiple South Indian languages and even a Hindi remake is awaited.

Jadhav’s box-office credibility was emblazoned in fiery letters forever when his next, titled Time Pass crossed the 30 Crore mark at the box-office, a record of sorts for the Marathi film industry. A simple love story set in the nineties featuring two youngsters, the film touched a chord across India, bypassing the language barrier. Time Pass 2, a sequel was released with a lot of fanfare in 2015 with great reviews.

Multiple Award winning short film Mitraa, Rege, Coffee: Ani Barach Kahi are all critically acclaimed films presented by Ravi Jadhav, bringing forth other talented directors of the industry, such as Abhijit Panse and Prakash Kunte.

Ravi Jadhav’s next presentation is the Prakash Kunte directed & Jara Hatke. An urban film with a personal backdrop, the film takes up a topic that is still evolving in Indian families. Starring senior Marathi actress and National Award Winner, Mrinal Kulkarni, Bengali Heartthrob Indraneil Sengupta, and the talented Sidharth Menon along with Phunturoo star, Shivani Rangole, &Jara Hatke, deserves a toast.

Shot beautifully with a story that opens up in layers, the film is sensitive, with a quiet backdrop that is unique as even if the characters are wrought with confusion, guilt and indecisiveness alternately, the loudness is felt in their expressions and the neat frames.

A must watch for the discerning audiences, & Jara Hatke is now in theatres.Watch it to understand Ravi Jadhav’s poetic sense of cinema better…


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