Tukaram (film)

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Theatrical poster for Tukaram
Theatrical poster for Tukaram
Directed byChandrakant Kulkarni
Produced bySanjay Chhabria
Written byAjit Dalvi
Prashant Dalvi
Screenplay byAjit Dalvi and Prashant Dalvi
Story byAjit Dalvi and Prashant Dalvi
StarringJitendra Joshi
Padmanabh Gaikwad
Prateeksha Lonkar
Radhika Apte
Veena Jamkar
Sharad Ponkshe
Yatin Karyekar
Narrated bySachin Khedekar
Music byAshok Patki
Avadhoot Gupte
CinematographyRajen Kothari
Edited byBallu Saluja
Everest Entertainment
Distributed byEverest Entertainment
Release date
  • 8 June 2012 (2012-06-08)

Tukaram is a 2012 Marathi biopic on the life of Saint Tukaram, who was a 17th-century Varkari saint, spiritual poet and devotee of Vitthala. The film was directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni whose directorial debut, Bindhast received numerous awards. His other works include films like Bhet and Kay Dyache Bola along with 65 plays and a few TV serials. The film was produced by Sanjay Chhabria under the banner Everest Entertainment.[1] Chhabria has earlier produced films like Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho and Haapus.

The lead title role of Tukaram is played by Jeetendra Joshi. Joshi is known for his works in various films, plays and TV shows. Other actors include Radhika Apte, Sharad Ponkshe, Prateeksha Lonkar and Yatin Karyekar amongst others. The music of the film is composed by Ashok Patki and Avadhoot Gupte.

The 1936 Marathi film Sant Tukaram by directors Vishnupant Govind Damle and Sheikh Fattelal under the banner of Prabhat Film Company became the first Indian film to receive an award at the 5th Venice International Film Festival.[2] The film still remains popular and is the subject of frequent studies.[3] This was also the first film to capture the life of Tukaram.[4] The 2012 film that was released after 76 years is the second film in Marathi based on the same subject.[1][5] The subject was also inspiration for Kannada film Santa Thukarama (1963) and Telugu film Bhakta Tukaram (1973).[citation needed]


"Tukaram" was born in 1608 in Dehu, a village near Pune to a family who were devoted followers of the deity Vitthal or Vithoba (a form of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver in the Hindu Trinity). The family belonged to the Kunbi caste, they were moneylenders and traders by profession.

'Tukaram' had a very normal childhood. He was fascinated with Lord Vitthal who he claimed as his dear friend. He was a very innocent and generous kid and would freely park with his toys or personal belongings with his friends. As he grews up he takes up the family responsibility as his elder brother is not interested in the material world and is drawn completely towards spiritual pursuits. When his first wife 'Rakhma' is unable to bear a child, he bows to his family's wishes and marries 'Aavli'. Tuka tries to become a good son and husband but the arrival of a major famine destroys this beautiful picture. He loses both his parents, his sister-in-law (brother's wife) dies and his elder brother 'Savji' abandons home. His first wife and son die too; during this hopeless atmosphere of a terrible three-year-long famine, 'Tukaram' realizes that the perennial treasure of God's grace is far more valuable than ephemeral worldly riches and he shifts his focus to divine worship. He does not choose to quit his responsibilities though and follow a solitary path.

Instead, he feels it is more important to try and reduce the sorrows of the people around him. For him, being 'a good human being' is as vital as being a good son, friend or husband.



Tukaram being a revered saint in Maharashtra, his works have been a subject of numerous study. But the film focuses on his life before sainthood. The story, screenplay and dialogues for the film were written by Ajit Dalvi and Prashant Dalvi. Through various researches and many re-writings, the screenplay took almost five years to produce.[5] Multiple National Film Award winner Vikram Gaikwad did the makeup of the artists.[4] The costumes were designed by Poornima Oak.[1]


The music of the film is composed by veteran music director Ashok Patki and the new age director Avadhoot Gupte. Singers include Aniruddha Joshi, Dnyaneshwar Meshram, Padmanabh Gaikwad and Janhavi Prabhu Arora along with Avdhoot Gupte.[6] Joshi and Gaikwad have been winners of Marathi Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Meshram and Arora have been participants in it; all in different seasons. Gaikwad who is the winner of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs season 2 also plays the role of young Tukaram in the film. Ashutosh Gowarikar launched the music album.[7]

1."Ganya Manya Tuka"Dasu VaidyaAvadhoot GuptePadmanabh Gaikwad, Sharayu Date, Avadhoot Gupte4:41
2."Jaganyacha Paya"Dasu VaidyaAshok PatkiDnyaneshwar Meshram, Chorus3:14
3."Kaal Hale Varsh Sare"Dasu VaidyaAvadhoot GupteAvadhoot Gupte, Janhavi Prabhu Arora, Aniruddha Joshi2:56
4."Kabir Doha"KabirAshok PatkiAvadhoot Gupte1:34
5."Korad Aabhal"Dasu VaidyaAshok PatkiHariharan4:06
6."Laadaki Sun Majhi"TraditionalAshok PatkiChorus1:02
7."Ovee"TraditionalAshok PatkiJai Deshmukh1:10
8."Sada Majhe Dola"TukaramAshok PatkiAniruddha Joshi2:08
9."Vrukshvalli Aamha Soyare"TukaramAshok PatkiAniruddha Joshi5:35
10."Waari Geet"TukaramAshok PatkiDnyaneshwar Meshram, Aniruddha Joshi, Chorus7:30
Total length:33:56


Screen Awards Marathi 2012[8]
  • Best Film
  • Best Director - Chandrakant Kulkarni


  1. ^ a b c "Tukaram on screen". Afternoon. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  2. ^ Tejaswini Ganti (2004). Bollywood: A Guidebook To Popular Hindi Cinema. Routledge. p. 208. ISBN 0415288533. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  3. ^ Anurag Basu (26 December 2007). "'Sant Tukaram' film still a topic of interest". Pune. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Saint Wise". Indian Express. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b Hemal Ashar (10 March 2012). "Poetry in motion pictures". Mumbai: Mid Day. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Tukaram @ Dhingana.com". Retrieved 16 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Tukaram's music launch". Times of India. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  8. ^ "The Best wins". Mumbai: Screen India. 18 January 2013. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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