Ekda Kaay Zala, the film directed by Saleel Kulkarni, won the National Award for Best Marathi Film on Thursday.
The film which stars Sumeet Raghavan, Urmila Kanetkar, Dr Mohan Agashe, Suhas Joshi, Pushkar Shrotri and Arjun Purnapatre deals with the sensitive bond between a father and son. The son, Chintan, sees an idol in his father, Kiran, who likes to tell stories. The plot takes an unexpected turn when Kiran falls ill.
“Many people advised me that the theme of the film would be too sensitive to present in today’s time,” Kulkarni said. “But the same film shows us where this sensitivity can take us. I cannot describe my feelings in words after the national award has been announced for a film that underlines every kind of relationship in the family. I am extremely grateful for all the love that the audience has given me for the work that I have done till today; whether it be writing poems and songs or even directing this film,” he said.
Soumendu Kuber, the producer of the film, said there was a certain kind of responsibility while handling the theme for the film. “The announcement of the national award has not just given us strength, but at the same time has increased our responsibility too. We are extremely happy that this topic will be open to discussion once again,” Kuber said.
Special Jury Prize for Non-Feature Film was awarded to Marathi shortfilm Rekha directed by Shekhar Rankhambe. The film deals with the issues of menstrual health faced by street dwelling women.