There is some joyous news for Marathi film and theatre fans as the first stage of the Mhaiskar Marathi International Cinema & Theatre Awards (MICTA) 2013 will be held in Pune. For seven days (September 1-7), Punekars will be able to see 10 movies and dramas selected for further nominations for the awards. The Mhaiskar MICTA 2013 Awards will be held in Macau this year from September 27-29. Interestingly, it was originally planned to be held in Switzerland but the rising rupee Vs Dollar issue made the organisers shift their function to Macau.
In a press conference held in the city, filmmaker Chandrakant Kulkarni credited fellow filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar to starting this cultural revolution which had everyone from the Marathi industry to come together to support it. “The idea behind MICTA was to give a global platform to Marathi cultural products. In the last ten year of so, the Marathi film industry had undergone change, for good.”
Mahesh Manjrekar added, “Indian films was brought forward by Marathi people. And the subjects they handled back then still cannot be handled by anyone today. The mistake we did was to compete with the Hindi film industry. Right now, we are into making good cinema and this award function will give these films and filmmakers some encouragement.” Manjrekar gave the example of how one win by Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi gave a push to the Iranian film industry. Now, all eyes are set on what next is coming from Iran.
“We want to take these films and plays to smaller towns and places. The escalated prices made us shift to Macau which is also a good destination. When the Rupee stabilizes, we will surely have the function in Switzerland. We had a tough time selecting the 10 films and plays as there were some good ones coming to us,” Manjrekar quoted.
Present at the conference was actor Sachin Khedekar who said that though he had been witness to the changes happening in the industry, he was curious to know why the industry does not have award function abroad like the Hindi film counterparts. “Many would complain to us that they are not able to see certain film or play. With this first stage, they can do that. It is important that this function is more successful.”
One can watch the films at City Pride, Kothrud, while the plays will be held at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Kothrud. Movies will be screened at 3pm while the plays can be watched at 5pm and 9pm. One can watch the movies fest be inaugurated on September 1 at City Pride, Kothrud by Dr Jabbar Patel at 3pm. Dr Shreeram Lagoo will inaugurate the drama section at Yashwantrao Natyagruha at 5 pm the same day. To make sure all the 10 films and plays can be watched, you can see 2 films and 2 dramas on the 3rd, 4th and 5th days. On September 8th, final nominations will be announced at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha at 11am.
The movies which can be viewed during the seven days are 72 Miles Ek Pravas, Aajacha Diwas Majha, Anumati, Ayna Ka Bayna, Balak Palak, Dhag, Duniyadari, Investment, Premachi Goshta and Time Please. The plays include Dry Day, Du And Mee, Ekda Pahawa Karun, Family Drama, Get Well Soon, Proposal, Sukh Mhanje Nakki Kai Asta, Sukhanta, Thashta and Unepure Shahar Ek.
While the season tickets for the drama section is Rs 700, 600 and 500, it is Rs 400 for the movie section. Those interested in single movie show can buy the ticket of Rs 50 per show. For season tickets booking, one can call 8421311666. One lucky winner from each of the section will get a chance to go to the awards function in Macau and the trip will be sponsored by the organisers. All you need is to be above 18 years and holding a valid passport. The awards function is supported by Mhaiskar Foundation, Maharashtra Kalanidhi, Calyx group, Darode Jog Properties and Lab India.