Sumitra Bhave–Sunil Sukthankar

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Sumitra Bhave (born 12 January 1943) and Sunil Sukthankar (born 31 May 1966) are an Indian filmmaker duo working predominantly in Marathi cinema and Marathi theatre. Bhave along with Sukthankar have made fourteen feature films, more than fifty short films, and four TV serials; all of which have been written by Bhave. The duo have won various national and international accolades.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Sumitra Bhave[edit]

Sumitra Bhave
Born (1943-01-12) 12 January 1943 (age 76)[3][a 1]
Pune
ResidencePune
OccupationFilmmaker, theatre director and producer, screenwriter
Years active1985—present

Bhave was born on 12 January 1943 in Pune.[3][a 1][a 2] She completed her graduation from Fergusson College, Pune, and received a master's degree in Political and Science Sociology from Pune University.[a 2] She received another master's degree in Political Science and Sociology and a Diploma in Rural Welfare from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and later began her voluntary work for the various organisations.[a 1] She taught at the Karve Institute of Social Service, Pune, for a decade and later worked as a Project Manager for Community Aid and Sponsorship Program, Mumbai.[a 2] Bhave has published various investigation and research papers on the subject.[4] She worked as a Marathi language newsreader with All India Radio, New Delhi.[a 1]

Sunil Sukthankar[edit]

Sunil Sukthankar
Born (1966-05-31) 31 May 1966 (age 52)[5][a 3]
Karad
ResidencePune
OccupationDirector, actor, lyricist, writer
Years active1983 —present

Sukthankar was born on 31 May 1966 in Karad.[5][a 3] He completed his graduation in Commerce from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune and joined the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune to pursue a course in film direction. His diploma film was titled Anuttar. As a theatre activist, Sukthankar wrote and directed several plays and street plays.[a 2][a 3][a 4]

Career[edit]

In 1985, while working as the Director of Research Project for Stree Vani, Bhave made a debut short film Bai (Woman) about a woman from the slums to display her strength to survive adversities. The film, produced by Stree Vani, was well received and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare at the 33rd National Film Awards. It was honoured for "its realistic portrayal of poor, oppressed housewife who succeeds in her determined effort to rehabilitate herself and realise her potential to be on her own".[a 5] Her next short film Paani, made in 1987, also fetched her another National Film Award. The film was adjudged the Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film at the 35th National Film Awards.[a 1] Bhave later made several other short films like Mukti (1990),[6] Chakori (1992),[7] Laha (1994),[7] and Three Faces of Tomorrow.[6] Bhave has received a Chitra Ratna Puraskar and Kamdhenu Award for literary contribution.[8]

After a career as a theatre activist, Sukthankar was introduced to Bhave through her daughter while she was making her debut short film Bai (1985). After completing his graduation and film direction course from the Film and Television Institute of India, he joined Bhave again as an assistant and worked on three short films.[1][a 3]

Collaboration[edit]

1995—2009[edit]

In 1995, Bhave collaborated with Sukthankar as a director and made their film debut with a Marathi film Doghi (Two Sisters). The film depicts a story about two sisters and their mother caught in rigid and superstitious social structure.[1] The film received wide critical acclaim and won several awards including the Best Film at the 32nd Maharashtra State Film Awards and the Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 43rd National Film Awards.[a 6][a 4] Their next film Zindagi Zindabad (Long live, Life!) was made in Hindi in 1997. The film was based on a real-life story of a teenager who risked his own life to care for a person stigmatised by HIV/AIDS.[9] In 2002, two of the films made by Bhave and Sukthankar, both made in Marathi, Dahavi Fa (10th F) and Vastupurush (Guardian Spirit of the House), were released. The filmmakers duo initially approached the Children's Film Society to produce Dahavi Fa but the organization refused the script for not fitting "into their 'objectives'". The film was finally funded by their friends and was released under the duo's production company "Vichitra Nirmiti".[4][10][8] Both films received wide critical acclaim; Vastupurush was awarded the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 50th National Film Awards,[a 3] Dahavi Fa was adjudged the Best Film at the 40th Maharashtra State Film Awards, and the duo won the Best Director award.[a 7] The duo considers Vastupurush as their "important and favourite film".[11]

In 2004, Bhave—Sukthankar made their next Marathi film Devrai (Sacred Grove) on the subject of schizophrenia with Atul Kulkarni and Sonali Kulkarni playing the lead roles. The film was appreciated for its depiction of schizophrenia and performances of its leads, and won several awards upon its release including the Best Film on Environment Conservation / Preservation at the 52nd National Film Awards,[a 2] Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress award at the 11th Screen Awards Marathi and the Award for Best Film with Social Message at the 42nd Maharashtra State Film Awards.[a 8][a 9] In 2006, two of Bhave—Sukthankar's Marathi films were released; Badha (Possessed) and Nital (Crystal Clear). While Badha depicts a story of a woman from the shepherd community battling depression due to the "shamans, stigma and superstition" in their community, Nital focuses on the stigma associated with the disease vitiligo in Indian society.[12][13] Nital was adjudged the Best Film at the 44th Maharashtra State Film Awards, and the duo won the Best Director award.[a 10]

In 2007, Bhave—Sukthankar made a short film in Hindi, Bewaqt Barish (Untimely Rain), financed by the European Union and produced by Muktangan Mitra. The film focuses on the issues around HIV/AIDS, sex and sexuality and is based on the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief's work with rural and tribal community in the Rajasthan and Odisha states of India.[14] Two of the duo's Marathi films were released in 2009; Ek Cup Chya (A Cup of Tea) and Gho Mala Asla Hava (This is the Husband I Want). Ek Cup Chya depicts a story of a common man who challenges the Government authorities using the Right to Information Act, 2005, an act of the Parliament of India that gives its citizens the right to access government records.[15] The film was awarded the Third Best Film at the 2009 Maharashtra State Film Awards and Bhave—Sukthankar won the Best Director award.[16][a 11] Gho Mala Asla Hava premiered at the Pune International Film Festival and is a comical representation of marital problems. Bhave had initially had plans to make it as a short film.[17] The film marked the debut of actress Radhika Apte, who had previously acted for the theatre.[18]

2010—present[edit]

In 2010, the duo made the Hindi language feature-cum-documentary film Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein (To Look for a Peacock in the Jungle). The film was produced by the BAIF Development Research Foundation and was inspired by their "Wadi" project. It focuses on urban youth involvement in rural development and rehabilitation of tribal families.[19][20] Bhave—Sukthankar's 2011 Marathi film Ha Bharat Majha (This is My India) depicts the contrast in the Indian society who support the 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement started by activist Anna Hazare but continue to practice small corrupt acts in their daily lives.[11] The film was awarded the Best Marathi Film at the 10th Pune International Film Festival.[a 12] The duo made a Marathi film in 2013, Samhita (The Script). The film received positive reviews for its story, direction, music, and performances.[21] It received two awards at the 60th National Film Awards, and Bhave was awarded for the Best Screenplay at the 11th Pune International Film Festival.[a 13][a 14] Their next Marathi film, Astu (So Be It), dealt with the subject of Alzheimer's, and is about a Sanskrit scholar who is suffering from it. The film was appreciated for its depiction of the disease and performances of its leads, and won several awards. Bhave won Best Dialogue at the 61st National Film Awards.[a 15] Though the film was completed in 2013, it did not find any distributor and was released through crowdfunding in 2016.[22]

In 2015, the duo made a short film in Hindi, Phir Zindagi (Life Again) which deals with topic of organ donation.[23] Their upcoming Marathi film Kaasav depicts the issue of depression among youngsters in relation to the life and nesting cycle of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.[8][24] The film was awarded the Best Feature Film at the 64th National Film Awards.[a 16] Kaasav (Turtle) became the fifth Marathi film to win in this category.[25] The film was also awarded the Best Film at the 55th Maharashtra State Film Awards.[a 17]

Filmography[edit]

Short films and TV serials[edit]

Year Title Bhave credited as Sukthankar credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer Director Writer Producer
1985 Bai Yes Yes Short film [a 5]
1987 Paani Yes Yes Yes Short film [a 1]
1990 Mukti Yes Yes Short film [6]
1992 Chakori Yes Yes Yes Short film [7]
1994 Laha Yes Yes Yes Short film [7]
1997 Three Faces of Tomorrow Yes Yes Yes Short film [6][26]
1999 Gautam's Mother Yes Yes Yes Short film [27]
1998–99 Bhains Barabar Yes Yes Yes TV serial [a 3]
2004 Zid Yes Yes Yes Short film [28]
2007 Bewaqt Barish Yes Yes Yes Short film [14]
2011 Katha Sarita Yes Yes Yes TV serial [2]
2014 Majhi Shala Yes Yes Yes TV serial [2]
2015 Phir Zindagi Yes Yes Yes Short film [23]
Samvad Yes Yes Short film [a 4]
Ekalavya Yes Yes Yes Short film [4]
Sahyog Yes Yes Short film [a 4]
Sarshi Yes Yes Short film [a 4]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Bhave credited as Sukthankar credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Producer Other Director Writer Producer Other
1995 Doghi Yes Yes  • Art director
 • Costume designer
 • Editor
Yes Editor [a 4]
1997 Zindagi Zindabad Yes Yes Yes Hindi film [2]
2002 Dahavi Fa Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [2]
2002 Vastupurush Yes Yes Art director Yes Editor [a 3]
2004 Devrai Yes Yes Yes [2]
2006 Badha Yes Yes Yes [2]
2006 Nital Yes Yes Yes [2]
2009 Ek Cup Chya Yes Yes Yes [2]
2009 Gho Mala Asla Hava Yes Yes Yes [2]
2010 Mor Dekhne Jungle Mein Yes Yes Yes Hindi film [2]
2012 Ha Bharat Majha Yes Yes Yes [2]
2013 Samhita Yes Yes Yes [2]
2016 Astu Yes Yes Yes [2]
2017 Kaasav Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [2]

Awards[edit]

Key
# Indicates an award for Sumitra Bhave
Year Award Category Film Result Ref(s)
1985 National Film Awards Best Non-Feature Film on Family Welfare Bai Won# [a 5]
1987 National Film Awards Best Educational / Motivational / Instructional Film Paani Won# [a 1]
1995 National Film Awards Best Film on Other Social Issues Doghi Won [a 4]
1996 Cinema Delle Donne Italy Grand Jury Prize Doghi Won [a 6]
1996 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Film Doghi Won [a 6]
1996 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Art Director Doghi Won# [a 6]
1996 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Script Doghi Won# [a 6]
1996 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Story Doghi Won# [a 6]
1996 V. Shantaram Award 2nd Best Film Doghi Won [a 6]
1996 V. Shantaram Award 2nd Best Director Doghi Won [a 6]
1996 V. Shantaram Award Best Film on Other Social Issues Doghi Won [a 6]
1997 Kalnirnay Award Best Director Doghi Won [a 6]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Film Dahavi Fa Won [a 7]
2006 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Director Dahavi Fa Won [a 7]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Story Dahavi Fa Won# [a 7]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Story Vastupurush Won# [a 18]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Dialogue Vastupurush Won# [a 18]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Screenplay Vastupurush Won# [a 7]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Lyrics (for the song "Khushi Cheheryavar Majhya") Dahavi Fa Won# [a 7]
2002 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Lyrics Vastupurush Won# [a 18]
2002 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Marathi Vastupurush Won [a 3]
2004 National Film Awards Best Film on Environment Conservation / Preservation Devrai Won [a 2]
2005 Screen Awards Marathi Best Film Devrai Won [a 8]
2005 Screen Awards Marathi Best Director Devrai Won [a 8]
2006 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Film Nital Won [a 10]
2006 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Director Nital Won [a 10]
2009 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Film (Third) Ek Cup Chya Won [a 11]
2009 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Director (Third) Ek Cup Chya Won [a 11]
2011 Pune International Film Festival Best Marathi Film Ha Bharat Majha Won [a 12]
2012 Prabhat Film Awards Best Costume Samhita Won#[a] [a 19]
2012 Prabhat Film Awards Best Art direction Samhita Won#[b] [a 19]
2012 Pune International Film Festival Best Screenplay Samhita Won [a 14]
2013 Delhi International Film Festival Best Regional Film Astu Won [a 20]
2013 Indian Film Festival Stuttgart Audience Award for Best Film Astu Won [a 21]
2013 National Film Awards Best Dialogue Astu Won# [a 15]
2013 Kolhapur International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film Astu Won [a 22]
2013 Kolhapur International Film Festival Best Film Astu Won [a 22]
2013 Kolhapur International Film Festival Best Direction Astu Won [a 22]
2013 Kolhapur International Film Festival Best Screenplay Astu Won# [a 22]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Film Astu Nominated [a 23]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Direction Astu Nominated [a 23]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Art Direction Astu Nominated#[b] [a 23]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Dialogues Astu Nominated# [a 23]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Screenplay Astu Nominated# [a 23]
2014 Marathi International Cinema and Theatre Awards (MICTA) Best Story Astu Nominated# [a 23]
2014 New York Indian Film Festival Best Film Astu Nominated [a 24]
2016 National Film Awards Best Feature Film Kaasav Won[c] [a 16]
2016 Maharashtra State Film Awards Best Film Kaasav Won [a 17]
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Awards Best Film Kaasav Nominated [a 25]
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Awards Best Director Kaasav Nominated [a 25]
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Awards Best Screenplay Kaasav Nominated [a 25]
2016 Zee Chitra Gaurav Awards Best Dialogues Kaasav Nominated [a 25]

References[edit]

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Explanatory notes
  1. ^ Jointly with Geeta Godbole
  2. ^ a b Jointly with Santosh Sankhad
  3. ^ Bhave was awarded as director with Sunil Sukthankar and as producer with Sukthankar and Mohan Agashe.

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