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About Shala

Runtime: 141 minutes

Language: Marathi

Genre: Drama

Set in the 70’s in rural India, four 9th grade kids were writing their destiny. Joshi (14) is in love with Shirodkar (14), a beautiful girl. Both go to the same school, and study in the same class. faced with the age old question “What is love anyway?”, Joshi goes through a series of events just to let the girl know about his feelings towards her. Joshi’s friends on the other hand are going through the same phase of life. The difference is all four of them come from a different cultural and family background.

Surya (16) is a typical life lover and a great blend of society and hippie culture. Chitrya (14) a born genius and wants to be a scientist. He comes from a modern family setting and is the smartest one amongst the group. Favdya (15), the poorest, is the dumbest amongst all four. Joshi (14) comes from an average middle-class family, with a confused future.

Joshi wants the girl to know his feelings. He has been trying hard. He attends the same private tuitions as her just to get a glance of her. He follows her to her house everyday without her knowing about this. The story is of struggle, freedom and liberation with a spice of loneliness.

Cast: Anshuman Joshi as Mukund Joshi Ketaki Mategaonkar as Shirodkar Dilip Prabhavalkar as Appa Santosh Juvekar as Majarekar sir Jitendra Joshi as Narumama Amruta Khanvilkar as Paranjape Bai Devika Daftardar as Bendre bai Nandu Madhav as Joshi's Father Vaibhav Mangle as Ponkshe kaka Ketan Pawar as Surya(Mhatre) Chinmay Kulkarni as K.T. Unnati Agarkar as Sukadi Omkar Mane as Favdya Mukta Vaidya as Kevada Suhas Vedpathak as Chitre Shruti Velankar as Mande Pinak Wadikar as Bibikar Snehal Ghayal as Akka Kaumudi Walokar as Anita Ambekar Anand ingale Akshaya Deodhar


59th National Film Awards

Best Feature Film in Marathi (Won)

Best Screenplay for Avinash Deshpande Nigdi (Won)

Director: Sujay Sahil Dahake

Sujay Sunil Dahake is mainly known for his work as director and as editor for the film Shala, a film that was awarded the Silver Lotus Award for Best Marathi Feature Film at the 59th National Film Awards.