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Jogwa - The Awakening
Theatrical poster for Jogwa
Directed byRajiv Patil
Screenplay bySanjay Krishnaji Patil
Produced byShripal Morakhia
StarringMukta Barve
Upendra Limaye
CinematographySanjay Jadhav
Edited byRajesh Rao
Music byAjay–Atul
iDream Production Pvt Ltd.
Release date
25 September 2009
Running time
114 min

Jogwa - The Awakening is a 2009 Marathi-language film directed by Rajiv Patil and produced under iDream Productions & Screenplay by Sanjay Krishnaji Patil. It stars Upendra Limaye and Mukta Barve while Priya Berde, Vinay Apte, Sharvani Pillai and Kishor Kadam essay supporting roles.

The film received five awards at the national film awards for 2008.[1] National Film Award for Best Film on Social Issues, National Film Award for Best Actor for Uupendra Limaye, National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Ajay Atul, National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer for Hariharan for song "Jeev Rangla" and National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for Shreya Ghoshal for the same song.

It contains strong romantic elements, that explores the life of a rural people from Maharashtra who are the devotees of Goddess Yellamma, known as "Jogtin" (female) and "Jogta" (male) and are treated as slaves viewed with a mixture of semi-respect.

Jogwa actually means alms given to a person, usually known as a Jogta or a Jogtin. They are forced by the society to give up everything and serve God. A jogta has to give up the fact of being a man and suppress all his desires. A jogtin is expected to give up herself, she cannot get married, have children or have a life of her own.

This tradition was followed in the rural areas in the ancient times and like any tradition was flexible enough for those in power to misuse it. It is known to be still followed in some villages in Karnataka. Jogwa is a love story between jogta played by Upendra Limaye and jogtin played by Mukta Barve.

A heart wrenching tale that exposes the hypocrisies and exploitations of an oppressed society harrowed by archaic traditions and plagued by superstitions in the heart of rural India, Jogwa is a poignant tale of one woman’s inspiring journey to break free from the shackles of discrimination, sexual oppression and servitude and find true happiness.

On the centenary of Indian cinema in April 2013, Forbes included Upendra Limaye's performance in the film on its list, "25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema".[2]


Critical reception[edit]

Film is already internationally acclaimed, praised by critics and audience alike and won awards like Best Director Award, three prominent awards, 12 nominations in various categories at the Zee Gaurav Award 2009 along with 13 nominations for depiction of culture and society and First Special Jury Award and Audience Choice Award at the Pune International Film Festival.


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The Marathi music duo Ajay–Atul composed varied compositions including Romantic and traditional Gondhal. The song Jeev Rangla was awarded a National Film Award in 2010.

Songs Singer(s)
"Man Ranaat Gela Ga" Shreya Ghoshal
"Lallati Bhandaar" Ajay Gogavale
"Jeev Rangla" Hariharan, Shreya Ghoshal
"Harinichya Daarat" Anand Shinde


Award Category Recipient Result
56th National Film Awards[3] National Film Award for Best Actor Upendra Limaye Won
National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer Hariharan (for song " Jiv Rangala ") Won
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer Shreya Ghoshal (for song " Jiv Rangala ") Won
National Film Award for Best Music Direction Ajay Atul Won
National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues Shripal Morakhia Won


  1. ^ "57th National Film Awards" (PDF).
  2. ^ "25 Greatest Acting Performances Of Indian Cinema". Forbes India. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  3. ^ "56th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 23 January 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2010.

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