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IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 06: Treat of choice Marathi films, features and shorts

IFFI 51, Goa, January 16-24, 2021, 06: Treat of choice Marathi films, features and shorts

The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) is all-set to be held in Goa from 16th January to 24th January, 2021. It’s time to rejoice for Marathi film lovers, as six powerful and thought-provoking Marathi movies, 3 feature and 3 non-feature films, have been selected to be showcased in the Indian Panorama section of the prestigious event.

With an aim of providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art, IFFI celebrates some of the finest cinematic works every year from India and around the world.

Indian Panorama, a section of IFFI, introduced in 1978, is IFFI’s flagship component, under which best of contemporary Indian films are selected for the promotion of film art. 

Here is a quick look at the selected Marathi movies:



June is a coming of age drama. It is a soaring portrait of two troubled people, who help each other heal.

Director: Vaibhav Khisti and Suhrud Godbole

Star cast: Neha Pendse, Resham Shrivardhan, Siddharth Menon


Prawaas is the journey of an elderly couple, Abhijat Inamdar  and Lata Inamdar. Every person has a certain time to live in this world and it’s important to understand how one lives his life.

Director: Shashank Udapurkar

Star Cast: Ashok Saraf, Padmini Kolhapure, Shashank Udapurkar, Vikram Gokhale, Rajit Kapur and Shreyas Talpade

Karkhanisanchi Waari

The film tells the story of the Karkhanis family, the last joint family of Pune. After the family patriarch dies, his siblings and son undertake a road journey to Pandharpur to immerse his ashes in the holy Chandrabhaga river. The journey from Pune to Pandharpur is filled with comic incidents and moments, as every kin eyes their share of the family fortune.

Director: Mangesh Joshi

Star Cast: Amey Wagh, Mrunmayee Deshpande




The film talks about social atmosphere in the country and the narrow minds of the people living in villages.

Director: Raj Pritam More

Star Cast: Kailash Waghmare, Meenakshi Rathod, Shruti Madhideep, Dr. Sheshpal Ganvir, and Vedant Kshirsagar

Pandhara Chivda

Vithu (7) develops a liking for a taste, which comes to him as a surprise. The taste soon begins to occupy Vithu’s world. His journey takes unexpected turns leaving him with lessons along the journey of life.

Director: Himanshu Singh

Star cast: Dyanratna Ahiwale, Ruchita Bhujbal


Still Alive

It is an independent, psychodrama short fiction film. It explores the phase of extreme emotional turmoil, Meera, a 28 year old woman, is experiencing in her relationship.

Director: Onkar Diwadkar

Star Cast: Pooja Raibagi, Asha Shelar, Komal Gupta


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About Siraj Syed

Syed Siraj
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Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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