Sachin Kundalkar

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सचिन कुंडलकर
Sachin Kundalkar
Sachin Kundalkar at Audio release of 'Aiyyaa'.jpg
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, Screenplay writer

Sachin Kundalkar or Sacin Kuṇḍalakar is a Marathi film director and screenplay writer. He is known for his directorial works of Nirop (2007) and Gandha (2009). He has also written screenplay for theatre.[1] He is recipient of two National Film Awards, as a director for Nirop and as a screenwriter for Gandha, the first Marathi film to win Best Screenplay award since the category's institution in 1967.


Theatre and other works[edit]

Kundalkar, who had had an interest in film making since his school days, had approached director Ashutosh Gowarikar for assistance. But the director asked him to come back after finishing his education.[2] While still a student, he assisted Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhthankar in their first film together, Doghi (1995). The film was adjudged as the Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 43rd National Film Awards.[3] He also assisted in other films including Zindagi Zindabad, Bhaais Barabar and Dahavi Fha.[4] After completing his degree in Commerce, Kundalkar later on enrolled at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).[2] With a scholarship from the French Government, he then attended La Fémis, Paris, and made a short film, One Cafe Please.[4][5]

Kundalkar directed short films and worked in theatre before entering the main-stream cinema. His first short film, Out Of The Box, was made while he was still a student at FTII. His 2005 documentary short film The Bath, starring Rajat Kapoor, is based on an explicit gay theme.[6] The film won 2nd prize in the Short Fiction category presented by the Indian Documentary Producers' Association (IDPA) for "its sensitive depiction of issues of male sexuality"[7] and was also screened at the 30th San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival.[8] Kundalkar has also portrayed homosexual characters in his Marathi plays Chotyasha Suteet (literally meaning In the Short Break) and Poornaviram (literally meaning Fullstop). These plays have also been staged in Hindi and English.[9] Chotyasha Suteet has been staged as On Vacation for English audiences.[10][11]

Feature films[edit]

Kundalkar released his first feature film, Restaurant, in 2006. Featuring Sonali Kulkarni in the lead role, the film screened at the 4th Goa Marathi Film Festival,[12] 12th International Film Festival of Kerala,[13] 8th Mumbai Film Festival[14] and was also appreciated in other film festivals.[15] His second directorial film, Nirop, presented the unsurfaced feelings of a musician in his last days in his hometown in Konkan before he moves to France. The film was adjudged as Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 55th National Film Awards for being "an original offbeat film that gives a fresh perspective of the internal landscapes of the human mind."[16] He shared this award with the producer of the film, Aparna Dharmadhikari. The film stars Sameer Dharmadhikari and Devika Daftardar in the lead roles.[17] Kundalkar also wrote the script of this film.[18]

His 2009 film Gandha is a blend of three different stories connected by the common factor of the human sense of smell. The stories were written by Kundalkar and his mother Archana Kundalkar. The film won the Best Screenplay Award at the 56th National Film Awards for "its remarkable integration of three different plots using the sense of smell as a liet motif to focus sensitively on human relationships". Gandha became the first Marathi film to win this award after the category's institution in 1967.[19] The film was screened at the 8th Third Eye Asian Film Festival.[20]

Kundalkar's Bollywood directorial debut, Aiyyaa, starring Rani Mukherjee and Prithviraj in lead roles released in 2012. The film was produced by Anurag Kashyap and Viacom 18.[21]


Year Film Language Notes
2000 Out of the Box Marathi Short film
2004 Shubra Kaahi Marathi Short film
2005 The Bath  – Documentary film
2006 Restaurant[22] Marathi
2007 Nirop Marathi Also writer
2009 Gandha Marathi Also writer
2012 Aiyyaa Hindi Director[21]
Title Language Role(s)
Dreams of Taleem English Writer[23]
Chotyasha Suteet Marathi Director and writer
Poornaviram Marathi Director and writer


National Film Awards
  • 2009 - Best Screenplay Award at Pune International Film Festival - Gandha[24]


At the age of 22, Kundalkar published his first novel, Cobalt Blue. The novel, which he started when he was 20, concerns a brother and a sister from a traditional Marathi family falling in love with the same man.[25] His other publications are as stated below.

  • Cobalt Blue Genre: Novel Publisher: Mauj Publication Home[26][27]
  • Chotyasha Suteet Genre: Play Publisher: Keshav Bhikaji Dhavale[28]
  • Fridge Madhe Thevlela Prem: Purnaviram Genre: Play Publisher: Majestic Publications[29][30]

He has also written articles for the Marathi newspaper Sakal.[31]


  1. ^ Saumya Ancheri. "Theatre practices". Retrieved 4 Apr 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Kulkarni, Pranav (4 Mar 2010). "Director's Choice". Indian Express. Retrieved 20 Apr 2012. 
  3. ^ "43rd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 20 Apr 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Mahesh Bardapurkar (March 4, 2012). "आउट ऑफ बॉक्‍स (फास्ट ट्रॅक)" (in Marathi). Sakal. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "the Influentials". Daily News and Analysis. Jan 16, 2010. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ Maithili Rao (31 Jan 2011). "Resurgence of sorts". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Independent Documentaries Awards". Indian Documentary Producers' Association. Retrieved 20 Apr 2012. 
  8. ^ David Lamble (22 Jun 2006). "Short takes". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Vishakha Avachat (Aug 5, 2008). "But homosexuality is not taboo". DNA. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "On Vacation - Play". Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ "On Vacation - Play by Sutradhar". Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vikram Gokhale will open film fest on June 3". Panji: The Hindu. May 30, 2011. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ "12th IFFK". Chalchitra Academy. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Archives 2006". Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  15. ^ Rutuja Wakankar (Mar 11, 2008). "Reel Relations". Indian Express. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "55th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ "National award for second film, ‘Nirop’ director thrilled". Pune: Indian Express. 8 Sep 2009. Retrieved 4 Apr 2012. 
  18. ^ Roshan Kumar Mogali (Jan 17, 2008). "Camera Conscious". Indian Express. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "56th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ Blessy Augustine (Dec 7, 2009). "An eye for cinema". Live Mint. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Rani Mukerjee signs Anurag Kashyap's next". NDTV. 5 Oct 2011. Retrieved 4 Apr 2012. 
  22. ^ K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. pp. 77–. ISBN 978-1-136-77284-9. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Time Out-Mint Planner". Live Mint. Mar 25, 2010. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  24. ^ Sonali Kulkarni. "Gandha Marathi". Retrieved 24 Mar 2012. 
  25. ^ Biswas, Premankur; Kulkarni, Sushant; Nair, Nandini; Bhardwaj, Ashutosh (Jul 17, 2011). "Best Young Writers". Indian Express. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  26. ^ "कोबाल्ट ब्लू" (in Marathi). Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  27. ^ "कोबाल्ट ब्लू" (in Marathi). Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  28. ^ "छोट्याश्या सुट्टीत" (in Marathi). Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  29. ^ "फ्रिजमध्ये ठेवलेलं प्रेम पूर्णविराम" (in Marathi). Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  30. ^ "फ्रिजमध्ये ठेवलेलं प्रेम पूर्णविराम" (in Marathi). Sakal. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 
  31. ^ Kundalkar, Sachin (June 26, 2011). "टक...टक..." (in Marathi). Sakal. Retrieved Sep 11, 2012. 

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