Shala (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed bySujay Dahake
Produced byVivek Wagh
Nilesh Navalakha
Written byMilind Bokil
StarringAnshuman Joshi
Ketaki Mategaonkar
Music byAlokananda Dasgupta
CinematographyDiego Romero
Edited bySujay Dahake
Distributed byGreat Maratha Entertainment
Nishad Audio Visuals
Navalakha Arts
Release date
  • 7 May 2011 (2011-05-07) (New York Indian Film Festival)
  • 20 January 2012 (2012-01-20) (India)
Budget3 crore (US$420,000)
Box office9 crore (US$1.3 million)[1]

Shala is a Marathi drama / romantic film. The screenplay of film is adapted from the a novel of the same name by Milind Bokil. Directed by Sujay Dahake and produced by Vivek Wagh, Nilesh Navalakha under Great Maratha Entertainment, Nishad Audio Visuals and Navalakha Arts Banner, the film stars Anshuman Joshi and Ketaki Mategaonkar in the lead roles.

The film won the Silver Lotus Award at the 59th National Film Awards in the Best Feature Film in Marathi category and National Film Award for Best Screenplay.[2]


Set in the 70’s in rural India, four 9th grade kids were writing their destiny. Joshi (14) is in love with Shirodkar (14), a beautiful girl. Both go to the same school, and study in the same class. faced with the age old question "What is love anyway?", Joshi goes through a series of events just to let the girl know about his feelings towards her. Joshi’s friends on the other hand are going through the same phase of life. The difference is all four of them come from a different cultural and family background.

Surya (16) is a typical life lover and a great blend of society and hippie culture. Chitrya (14) a born genius and wants to be a scientist. He comes from a modern family setting and is the smartest one amongst the group. Favdya (15), the poorest, is the dumbest amongst all four. Joshi (14) comes from an average middle-class family, with a confused future.

Joshi wants the girl to know his feelings. He has been trying hard. He attends the same private tuitions as her just to get a glance of her. He follows her to her house everyday without her knowing about this. The story is of struggle, freedom and liberation with a spice of loneliness.



Award Category Result
59th National Film Awards[3] Best Feature Film in Marathi Won
Best Screenplay for Avinash Deshpande Nigdi Won


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  2. ^ Amrutha Byatnal (8 Mar 2012). "Field day for Marathi films". Pune: The Hindu. Retrieved 8 Mar 2012.
  3. ^ "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011".

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