Chaitra (film)

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Chaitra: In The Month Of March
Directed by Kranti Kanade
Produced by Film and Television Institute of India
Written by Kranti Kanade
Based on Chaitra
by G. A. Kulkarni
Starring Sonali Kulkarni
Lalan Sarang
Abhishek Bhave
Music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Cinematography Mahesh Mutthuswami
Edited by Kranti Kanade
Release date
  • 20 August 2002 (2002-08-20) (Mumbai International Film Festival)
Running time
25 min
Country India
Language Marathi

Chaitra is a short film by Kranti Kanade based on author G.A. Kulkarni's story of the same name. Kranti selected this story for his thesis short film towards completion of his degree in Direction from Film and Television Institute of India. The film went on to win three National Film Awards in 2002.


The story of a proud woman, her poetic vindication of unfair social insult, and her inevitable sad destiny. A very culture-specific film dipped in a local festival of rural women.


  • Sonali Kulkarni as Mother
  • Abhishek Bhave as Madhu
  • Lalan Sarang as Naik Kaku
  • Vandana Vakhnis as Naik baai
  • Dhiresh Joshi as Father
  • Bhakti Pathare as Rakhma
  • Uttara Kulkarni as Shweta
  • Shripad Amte as Mama


The film was shot in Alandi village near Pune and the post-production done at FTII. Being a student film, director did not have enough budget but Sonali Kulkarni and Lalan Sarang agreed to do the film without remuneration. Music director Bhaskar Chandavarkar not only composed music for the film without taking any remuneration but he also paid for the musicians himself. Cinematographer Mahesh Muthuswami contributed an amount towards the production and so did the sound designer Subir Das.[citation needed]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Chaitra won three National Film Awards in 2002.[1]

At the Mumbai International Film Festival 2002 it won National Critics’ Award and Best Short - Silver. That year, it was India's official entry to the Student Academy Awards.

The film was also included in a DVD titled "Master Strokes", a compilation of works of twenty renowned FTII students.[2]


  1. ^ "Chaitra National Awards". Retrieved 2009-05-24. 
  2. ^ Manjiri Damle (22 Jun 2006). "Jaya Bachchan to unveil 'Master Strokes'". Times of India. Retrieved 27 Dec 2011.