Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukhthankar

For Sumitra Bhave, it was her profession as a social worker that brought her into the world of filmmaking. Sunil Sukthankar from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, started off as a youth theatre activist and it was during this phase that he met Sumitra and began to assist her in her films. What brought them together was not merely the passion for films, but a larger idea of using the medium to explore possibilities in making it represent the common people. Their films are about extraordinary people among the `ordinary' and about questioning the existing state of affairs. They have three international, four national and five State awards among others in their credit.


Doghi - 1995 - Marathi

The story of two sisters, Gouri and Krishna, two ordinary middle class girls in a village who, as their fate would have it, fall into different circumstances in life. After her husband's fatal accident, Gauri comes to her poor brother in Bombay only to end up as a sex worker. Her sister Krishna tries to help her in vain.

Direction: Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukhthankar
Screenplay: Sumitra Bhave
Cast: Sonali Kulkarni, Renuka Daftardar, Amrita Subhash, Nilu Phule
Cinematography: Charudatta Dukhandi
Music: Anand Modak

Vaastupurush - 2002 - Marathi
(The Guardian Spirit of the House)

Dr.Bashkar Narayan has just received a prize for his years of preventative work in the slums of Bombay. After returning to his native village, where his ancient Brahmin family still owns a house, now in ruins, he remembers his adolescence, his father, a Gandhi partisan, and his growing awareness of how his family exploited the Untouchables.

He remembers the critical year before his joining medical college. It was not his Gandhian freedom fighter father nor his feudal uncle or romantic elder brother, but his mother who motivated him to be a doctor for the service of the poor. She believed that is the only way to appease the Guardian Spirit of the house. Bhaskar is indebted to another woman, Krishnatai, his brother's lower cast lover, who was enlightened enough to support his mother's dream. Bhaskar is now back home to fulfil the wish of his mother.

Direction: Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukhthankar
Screenplay: Sumitra Bhave
Cast: Sidhartha Daftardar, Atul Kulkarni, Linane Hill, Uttara Baokar, Sadashiv Amarpurkar
Cinematography: Sanjay Memane
Editing: Neeraj Voralia
Music: Shrirang Umarani

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