Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni|
|Produced by||Ganpat Kothari
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
|Written by||Girish Kulkarni
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
|Music by||Mangesh Dhakde (Theme music)|
|Box office||₹3.5 crore (US$550,000) (lifetime)|
Valu is a 2008 comedy Marathi film directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni. The film featured in various international film festivals as The Wild Bull. It also became the first Marathi film to be selected in Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008, the Netherlands.
In the small village of Kusavde, there is a lonely misunderstood wild bull. The bull, "Valu", is actually a holy, consecrated bull which is the responsibility of the village. It is allowed to roam free and is the responsibility of the entire village. But lately, Valu becomes very aggressive and is blamed for every single act of chaos and destruction that happens in and around the village. Now catching the bull becomes equivalent to establishing power in the village for the leaders and for those who are interested in the fringe benefits.
The film intertwines various stories of the war between the two leaders; love stories that bloom in the midst of the adventure; an amateur filmmaker who struggles to shoot a documentary; the forest officer who leads this chaos like a sacred mission along with the religious priest; the tricksters and an insane woman who seems to understand the mind of Valu.
- Atul Kulkarni as Swanand Gaddamwar aka "Foresht"
- Mohan Agashe as Sarapanch
- Bharati Achrekar as Sarapanch's Wife
- Girish Kulkarni as Jeevan
- Veena Jamkar as Tani
- Dilip Prabhavalkar as Pandit
- Nirmiti Sawant as Pandit's Wife
- Nandu Madhav as Aaba
- Renuka Daftardar as Aaba's Wife
- Mangesh Satpute as Shiva
- Amruta Subhash as Sangi
- Satish Tare as Satya
- Chandrakant Gokhale as Aaja
- Jyoti Subhash as Sakhubai
- Shrikant Yadav as Suresh
- Ashwini Giri as Suresh' Wife
- Deepak Alegaonkar as Shivai's Father
- Rajesh More as Sangi's father
- Meghana Vaidya as Sangi's Mother
- Siddheshwar Zadbuke as Popat
- Prashant Tapaswi as Shankrya
- Nikhil Raut as Ganya
- Vrishasen Dabholkar as Sameer
- Ashok Kulkarni as Jagnade
- Pournima Ganu as Gaddam's Wife
- Sharavi Kulkarni as Sampi
- Aditya Kulkarni as Sampat
- Raja (bull) as Valu
Selection in Film Festivals
- 5th Asian Film Festival, 2007 Pune: Selected for screening as a closing film for the festival.
- 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2008 the Netherlands 
- 24th Warsaw International Film Festival, 2008 Poland
- Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2008 Czech Republic
- Reykjavik International Film Festival, 2008 Iceland
- Warsaw International FilmFest, 2008 Poland
- La Rochelle International Film Festival, 2010 France
Awards and achievements
- Best Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Best Cinematographer: Sudhir Palsane (PIFF 2008)
- Best Eye-Catching Film of the Year, Best Supporting Actor: Girish Kulkarni (Zee Gaurav Awards 2008)
- Best Film of 2008, Best Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Maharashtra Times Awards - MaTa Sanman 2008)
- "Release dates". IMDB. Retrieved 3 Jan 2012.
- Mane, Anuradha (25 Jan 2008). "Valu trots to Rotterdam". The Times Of India. Retrieved 3 Jan 2012.
- "Marathi film Valu-The Wild Bull premieres at Rotterdam". Indian Express. 31 Jan 2008. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 3 Jan 2012.
- "Asian film festival opens in Pune". Times of India. 2 Nov 2007. Retrieved 3 Jan 2012.
- Valu on IMDb
- The Hindu : Friday Review Delhi / Interview : Free spirit gets away
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