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Marathi cinema back in black?

According to an Economic Times report, Marathi cinema is making a comeback reflected in the kind of theatres (multiplexes) and the types of films (greater variety) being made. However, the report also gave voice to sceptics such as veteran Marathi filmmaker Dr Jabbar Patel:

“Yes, it is encouraging that audiences are coming back but that is for an occasional successful film, not the majority releases. Last year, 70 Marathi films were made; how many recovered their costs? Films must make money at the box office, not through sale of DVD or telecast rights or the government’s grant-in-aid. Channel and DVD rights should provide the profits, not be the main stream of revenue”

Amol Palekar said about the content:

“Marathi cinema today deals with a variety of subjects, probably the only cinema to do so.”

Despite the success of films such as Navara Maza Navasacha, Saree var Saree, Savali, Kunku zhaley varie, Restaurant, Dombivali Fast, Jatra, Pak pak pakak, on the whole the industry is in deficit of about Rs 20 crore (Rs 200 mn).

Read report here


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