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Disturbing reality around the last rites

Tuesday, November 07, 2017
By Raju Vernekar

National award winning Marathi film 'Dashakriya', (the tenth day ritual), dealing with disturbing reality around the last rites, has been selected for the 48th International Film festival of India (IFFI) to be held between November 20 and 28,2017, at Panaji, Goa.

The film produced by Kalpana Kothari, is slated to be released on  November 17, in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka. It is one of the six films selected by the Maharashtra Government for the festival.

'Dashakriya', which bagged three national awards for the best production, direction, screen play and best supporting actor, at the 64th National Awards contest, deals with the topic of rituals performed after the cremation of the deceased, with belief that the rituals would lead the deceased to “Moksha” (salvation) from the cycle of rebirths. The emotionally disturbed family of the deceased, performs all the rites as per the instructions of the “Kirwant” (the people engaged in leading the last rites). The film also focuses on the alleged emotional exploitation of the bereaved by “Kirwant”. It also depicts how even the children of “Kirvant”, get involved in the business due to extreme poverty.

Speaking to The Afternoon D&C, the debut making director Sandip Bhalchandra Patil, said that the film seeks to throw light on deep rooted traditions, which may continue till eternity and no one is exception.

But, this is an attempt to explore whether there is any scientific basis to these rituals and beliefs. We are thankful to Baba Bhand, on whose novel our screen play is based. The film of 2 hours, 13 minutes duration has been given a U/A certificate by the CBFC. The cast includes veteran actor Dilip Prabhavalkar, Manoj Joshi, child artist Arya Adhav and others.

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