Ravi Jadhav’s ‘Mitra’ from ‘Bioscope’ selected in Kashish Queer international festival

While Marathi film lovers and film industry have been looking forward to the release of the most ambitious and unique film of the year ‘Bioscope’, it has added another feather to its cap. ‘Mitra’, a short film depicting a complex tale of lesbians which is one of the four short films of ‘Bioscope’ has been selected in competition section of the prestigious ‘Kashish Mumbai Queer International Film Festival’.

This will be ‘Mitra’s world premier. The festival, which is into its 5th year, will be held between 21st and 25th May in Mumbai.

After a stupendous success of ‘Time Pass’ and ‘Balak Palak’, Ravi Jadhav presents his next offering in the form of ‘Mitra’. A complex tale of lesbians, the story is set in 1947. Ravi captures the mood and era with brilliant play of light and shades in a haunting black and white imagery. ‘Mitra’ is based on celebrated writer Vijay Tendulkar’s short story of the same name and has a backdrop of a poem by the current generation’s the most sought after poet Sandeep Khare. Starring Khare himself in a prominent role, it also features Mrinmayee Deshpande and Veena Jamkar in the lead.

‘Bioscope’ is a unique experiment in Marathi where four prominent directors have come together to present poetry through the fascinating medium called cinema. Other directors from ‘Bioscope’ are Viju Mane (Ek Hota Kau), Girish Mohite (Bail) and Gajendra Ahire (Dil-E-Nadan). ‘Golden Tree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd’ has brought these exciting names together to treat cinegoers with a unique cinematic feast.

Known for exploring different genres with every film, Viju Mane has attempted pure love story for the first time with his ‘Ek Hota Kau’. Based on a famous poem by Soumitra, it tells the story of a black and ugly boy deeply in love with a fair and beautiful girl. Through the story, Viju has also tried to tackle the problems faced by youth due to inferiority complex. It stars Spruha Joshi and Kushal Badrike in the lead. While the most revered saint Sant Dnyaneshwar’s composition has also found its way into the story, the music has been composed by the exciting new talent Soham Pathak.

After a social satire called ‘Bhartiy’, Girish Mohite has again tackled a social theme in his ‘Bail’. Based on a poem of the same name by illustrious poet Loknath Yashvant, the story reflects upon the widening gap between Bharat and India through a relationship between a farmer and his ox. Starring screen award winner Mangesh Desai, Smita Tambe, Sagar Karande and Uday Sabnis, the music has been composed by dynamic duo Avinash-Vishwajeet.