Dithee / Seeing

(Marathi/Unreleased/2018/89 mins)  Sumitra Bhave

24-May-2019 | 06:30 PM | The Stein Auditorium

Synopsis: Ramji is a humble iron-smith who follows the age-old Waarkari tradition prevalent in Western India, where millions of pilgrims walk for a couple of weeks from the holy town of Alandi to Pandharpur, the abode of Lord Vitthal. His world comes crashing down after his only son drowns in a flooding river. Ramji is not only sad but also angry at God, to whom he has been devoted since decades. He and his friends are trying to make sense of the tragedy. By helping a troubled cow deliver a calf, destiny offers Ramji a chance to attain the ultimate realization that birth and death are no different from each other. Thus unfolds a tale of death and life, of grief and ecstasy - where the seeming opposites just collapse and dissolve into the oneness of being.

Cast: Kishor Kadam, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Uttara Baokar, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Girish Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash, Shashank Shende, Anjali Patil, Kailash Waghmare, Onkar Govardhan

Screenplay: Late D. B. Mokashi and Sumitra Bhave

Cinematography: Dhananjay Kulkarni

Editing: Mohit Takalkar

Sound: Ganesh Phuke & Piyush Shah

Music: Parth Umrani

Producer: Dr. Mohan Agashe

Background Score: Saket Kanetkar

Director Bio: Sumitra Bhave, a social - work teacher and a social scientist-researcher turned to filmmaking in 1985 to communicate her research findings with the illiterate women in India. She thought no other medium was effective enough to convey the verbal and non-verbal thoughts and feelings as the audio-visual one. Throughout her journey the effort has been to combine filmmaking as an effective tool for education, and as an art form. She has four books to her credit. Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, her associate as a co-director, have directed 19 feature films, more than 70 short films, 3 TV serials and 5 telefilms, all of which were written by Sumitra Bhave. Their films have received six international awards, 11 national awards (including the Golden Lotus for the Best Indian Film for ‘Kaasav’) and more than 45 state awards. She has won several individual awards for story, screenplay, lyrics, art direction, costume design and direction. Her films revolve around the socio-political and economic conditions and hence are more relatable to all the classes of society. The films have been screened right from the grassroots level of rural parts to the international platforms in all the six continents.

Age Limit: U

Festivals & Awards: Pune International Film Festival 2019 - Best Film (Audience Choice), Best Director (Sumitra Bhave), Best Cinematography (Dhananjay Kulkarni); Zee Chitra Gaurav Awards 2019 - Best Cinematography (Dhananjay Kulkarni), Best Sound (Ganesh Phuke and Piyush Shah), Best Art Direction (Sumitra Bhave); Kolhapur International Film Festival 2019 - Best Film, Best actor (Kishor Kadam) and Nitte International Film Festival