Shwaas: Dazzling Marathi movie of a grandfather’s dilemma 2



Year: 2004

Director: Sandeep Sawant

Category: Drama

Rating: 5 out of 5

This is a simple movie by a debutant director. An old man is confronted by the necessity to tell his 6 year old grand child that he will loose his vision after an operation. The director, who is a seasoned theatre person, made this every day drama in real life into a touching story.

It is one of those rare movies without a villian. Every person in the story is positively represented – all brought together by a boy suffering from cancer. Sandeep Sawant, the director, has payed a lot of attention to little details that make the movie enchanting. For example, the grandfather who is from a village is unsure of the formalities of a city (Bombay). A little detail like this brought out by a mundane act of his sitting in the waiting room of the doctor. The actors have risen up to the situation and have delivered beautifully.

Surprisingly for a theatre person, the director was never tempted to use high strung histrionics for this rather dramatic story. The movie is very lifelike – the decisions, text & delivery of dialogues, every gesture, and the subplots of the movie are immensely life like. The movie is touching and could be watched by anyone – perhaps even without subtitles.

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About Vivek Srinivasan

I work with the Program on Liberation Technology at Stanford University. Before this, I worked with the Right to Food Campaign and other rights based campaigns in India. To learn more, click here.

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