Marathi cinema refers to Indian films produced in Marathi, the language of the state of Maharashtra, India. Based in old Mumbai, it is the oldest and one of the pioneer film industries of India. Marathi Film Festival 2019 outdoes the trends it set last year and brings to its audiences an excitingly eclectic mix of films and artists from the Marathi Film Industry this year. The festival will offer lots of film talk and a brilliant film viewing.

MFFA19 Program

Opening Night - 17th May, 6.30 PM - Festival Inauguration

Wedding Cha Shinema ( 135 minutes)

Synopsis - 

An aspiring filmmaker from Mumbai reluctantly takes up the assignment of filming the wedding festivities in a small town in western Maharashtra. Once she gets there, she is drawn into the celebration, chaos and drama surrounding the family gathering. At the end of the crazy ride, both the big city filmmaker and the small town folks may have something to learn from each other.

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Cast- Mukta Barve, Bhau Kadam, Shivaji satam, Sankarshan Karhade, Rucha Inamdar, PraveenTarde

Director- Saleel Kulkarni

Saturday 18th May, 12 PM

Dhappa ( 120 min)

Synopsis - 

* Winner of 65th National Award for best Feature Film.

A group of children in a Pune housing society decides to perform a play on environmental conservation as part of Ganeshotsav celebrations, featuring prophets and historical figures of various religions and ethnicities. This does not go down well with local politicians, who disrupt their practice and threaten them with dire consequences. While the scared parents sit around debating the validity of the situation, the kids take matters into their own hands to solve the matter. Dhappa tries to question the religious boundaries people have created through the innocence of children.

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Cast- Shrihari Abhyankar, Akash Kamble

Director- Nipun Dharmadhikari

Gappa Goshti with Dr. Saleel Kulkarni, 3PM
*You must have a valid ticket for the 12pm or the 4pm session to be a part of the Gappa Goshti.

Chat with our festival guests, ask them questions, listen to their experiences, stories. 

Saturday 18th May, 4 PM

Thackeray (Marathi) ( 140 Min)

S ynopsis - 

मराठी माणूस दबला नाही, कारण बाळासाहेब ‘ठाकरे’ झुकले नाही. The life of Balasaheb Thackeray, a cartoonist with a no-nonsense personality, who played a key role in the birth of Shiv Sena, before becoming the most influential political leader in Maharashtra.

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Cast- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Amrita Rao

Director- Abhijit Panase 

Sunday 19th May, 12 PM

 Keep it Short  (120 min)

Synopsis - 

Celebrate our local film makers with stories to tell closer to home.​

Australian Premiere

The Chess Maker -

Director - #sambo

Cast – Dilip, Ruta, Keyur, Sudhir, Sameer

Synopsis -

A mystery drama that contains elements from the Indian mythological story

Ramayana with a modern twist.

A young private investigating officer, sees a dream about getting trapped, 

He arrives at the home of famous ageing artist, Goutam Sovni, to investigate the case of a missing man Arjun. There, he is greeted by Goutam’s young and beautiful wife Ahilya.  Everything is not as it seems, magical stones and chess.


Director - Sudhir Patil

Synopsis: A year 12 student carrying an unbearable burden of expectations decides to end his life. However, he accidentally gets involved in watching a snake and ladder game played by his younger brother and his friend only to get a different perspective of life.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International film festival, Pune - Awarded as The Best Concept

9th Pune short film festival 2019 

Just one more day -

Director - Poonam Sahasrabuddhe 

Synopsis - "Dad, Why do we have wars? Why soldiers fight? "Innocent questions by 7 year old child who embarks on a journey of self-discovery while going through an emotional roller coaster when his has to separate from the family for long period of time. Dad who is a Army Man is away on year long deployment. Extraordinary story of that mom who faces the challenges of motherhood while her husband is on a mission and his return is uncertain.

Gappa Goshti with Mukta Barve, 3PM 
*You must have a valid ticket for the 12pm or the 4pm session to be a part of the Gappa Goshti.

Chat with our festival guests, ask them questions, listen to their experiences, stories. 

Sunday 19th May, 4 PM

Rampaat (140 minutes)

Synopsis - 

There are dreams that are larger than life, one of such dreams that has mesmerised countless youngsters today is 'Stardom' and in the age where everything is instant and fleeting. With this dream, two youngsters- Mithun (Abhinay Berde) from Solapur and Munni (Kashmira Pardesi) from Kolhapur come to Mumbai. This amusing journey teaches them to work harder and hustle for an 'All-time hit' rather than a 'One time hit'.

Australian Premiere

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Cast- Abhinay Berde, Priya Berde, Kashmira Pardesi, Kushal Badrike

Director- Ravi Jadhav