Astu has traveled to numerous film festivals in the country and abroad and has also won a lot of acclaim everywhere. It had got a limited release earlier in Pune, but now the film is all set to release on a big scale in the whole of Maharashtra.
Astu is about a Sanskrit scholar named Chakrapanti Shastri. He suffers from Azheimers disease and is disconnected with the world around him. The disease renders him totally dependable on his elder daughter who acts as his caregiver. The film then movingly explores the father-daughter relationship. It stars Dr. Mohan Agashe, Amruta Subhash, Iravati Harshe, Devika Daftardar and Milind Soman among others.
Veteran actor Dr. Mohan Agashe has earned universal praise for his portrayal of a once Sanskrit scholar’s slow descend into the dreadful disease that is Alzheimer’s.AmrutaSubhash has won a National Award for her performance in the film.
Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhatankar are one of the most respected filmmakers in Maharashtra and have consistently made good films for a couple of decades now. Given that Astu is directed by them, the expectations are reasonably high. The film has been produced by Sheela Rao and Mohan Agashe and is slated to release on July 15th, 2016.