Paltadacho Munis

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Paltadacho Munis
Directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
Produced by NFDC
Written by Mahabaleshwar Sail
Starring Chittaranjan Giri
Vasant Josalkar
Prashanti Talpankar
Veena Jamkar
Music by Ved Nair
Cinematography Arup Mandal
Edited by Sankalp Meshram
Release date
  • 14 September 2009 (2009-09-14) (TIFF)
Running time
96 minutes
Country India
Language Konkani

Paltadacho Munis or The Man Beyond the Bridge is an Indian film in Konkani directed by Laxmikant Shetgaonkar. Set in Goa, the film is about a recently widowed forest ranger in a dwindling forest, who strikes up an unlikely relationship with a woman he finds lost and alone in the woods.[1]

The film was premiered at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI Prize) for Discovery.[2] It was chosen as opening film of the Indian Panorama section at the 40th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2009.[3] Thereafter it went to receive international critical acclaim,[4] including the narrative jury award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.[2] It was included in the world’s best films of 2009 list.[5] According to a review, it strikes a perfect balance between the personal and the political. Laxmikant’s cinema is rich in metaphors, remarkable in its restrain and exciting in its modern sensibility.[6]

Paltadcho Munis won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Konkani at the 57th National Film Awards.[7][8]

Shetgaonkar's next film, Baga Beach also set in the eponymous beach in Goa was made at budget of Rs. 3 crore, making it the most expensive film yet of Konkani cinema.[9] The film deal with the underbelly of tourism in Goa, with issues of Child abuse, conflict between locals and immigrants, impact of holidaying foreigners. The film has an Indian, German and French cast, including Bengali actress Paoli Dam, was shot with a handheld camera in sync sound.[10] It was screened at 44th International Film Festival of India in 2013.[11]

It won the Best Feature Film in Konkani award at the 61st National Film Awards.[12] However, as of April 2014, it didn't manage to a commercial release.[10]


  • Chittaranjan Giri as Vinayak
  • Veena Jamkar as Mad woman
  • Prasanthi Talpanker as Lady
  • Vasant Josalkar as Priest
  • Deepak Amonkar as Forest ranger


  1. ^ "Festival 2011: Official seclection". Berlin Independent Film Festival. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b Lowe, Justin (2010-10-14). "The Man Beyond the Bridge: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  3. ^ "List of films for IFFI's Indian Panorama announced". Deccan Herald. 3 Nov 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Laxmikant Shetgaonkar's next venture is 'Baga Beach'". The Hindu. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  5. ^ The Man Beyond the Bridge to release in Canada, NewsDesk,, 12 February 2010
  6. ^ Review - IFFI- 2009 Diary: The Man Beyond the Bridge,, 30 November 2009
  7. ^ "57th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "57th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "A Rs 3 cr Konkani movie". The Times of India. 27 Nov 2011. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  10. ^ a b "'Baga Beach' struggles to get a screening in Goa". The Times of India. 18 Apr 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  11. ^ "`Baga Beach` about tourism ills in coastal Goa: Director". Zee News. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-09-01. 
  12. ^ "61st National Film Awards For 2013" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 

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