Shala (film)

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Theatrical poster
Directed by Sujay Dahake
Produced by Vivek Wagh
Nilesh Navalakha
Written by Milind Bokil
Starring Anshuman Joshi
Ketaki Mategaonkar
Music by Alokananda Dasgupta
Cinematography Diego Romero
Edited by Sujay Dahake
Distributed by Great 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)
Country India
Language Marathi
Budget 3 crore (US$450,000)
Box office 9 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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