The Well (2010 film)
|Directed by||Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni|
|Produced by||Amitabh Bachchan Corporation|
|Screenplay by||Girish Kulkarni, Satee Bhave|
|Edited by||Neeraj Voralia|
The Well (Marathi: विहीर , Vihir) is a Marathi film directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni which was released in March 2010[needs update] and was featured in Berlin film festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, the Netherlands.
This is AB Corp Limited's first Marathi film.
Vihir is a story of two adolescent boys Sameer and Nachiket (cousins, who are best friends) who struggle with their unconventional outlooks on life and family. They write to each other telling each other about their doings and happenings in life. They get to meet after a long time as Sameer with his mother and sister visit Nachiket's village for a family wedding.
Sameer and Nachiket both observe people in the house and try to understand their behaviour as they are not used to complexity of family relationships. Meanwhile, Sameer finds Nachiket's lonely and cut-off attitude towards the family quite strange and when he confronts Nachiket about it, Nachiket tells him about his outlook towards life which confuses Sameer even more. Both of them share interest in swimming in the well and playing hide and seek. While swimming in the well, Nachiket always uses a wooden support as he doesn't know how to swim while Sameer is going to represent his school in swimming competition.
With swimming trials scheduled, Sameer has to leave for his home. When he returns after two days, he comes to know that Nachiket drowned in the well and is no more. Sameer, appalled at the sudden death of his best friend, is unable to accept Nachiket's death and then starts Sameer's journey in search of truth. Deep inside, he believes that Nachiket has hidden himself somewhere, like he used to do when they played hide and seek; and wants Sameer to seek him.
Sameer looks everywhere for Nachiket but fails. His journey takes him by a train to a stone quarry where he meets one nomadic sheep herder. The shepherd shares his life experience with him when he was little about a lost lamb and how he finds it with the eyes of his heart. At last he remembers what Nachiket had told him about the hiding and seeking approach. He runs to the well in Nachiket's village and finds Nachiket there. They laugh and Sameer says that he has finally found him. They take a swim together in the well. It is inferred that Nachiket is dead but Sameer understands this fact after he completes his journey and understands that it is through the eyes of heart, one could find and remember the one who is not with us physically. The story ends with Sameer going back to his home in a bus, satisfied.
- Sameer: Madan Deodhar
- Nachiket: Alok Rajwade
- Ajoba (Grandfather) : Mohan Agashe
- Aaji (Grandmother): Jyoti Subhash
- Bau-Aaji : Sulabha Deshpande
- Sulabha : Renuka Daftardar
- Shobha : Ashwini Giri
- Bhavasha Mama (uncle) : Girish Kulkarni
- Prabha: Amruta Subhash
- Seema : Veena Jamkar
- Tayadi : Parna Pethe
- Soni: Sharavi Kulkarni
- Ashu : Aditya Ganu
- Anshu : Ajinkya Ganu
- Sameer's Father : Kiran Yatnopavit
- Nachiket's Father: Abhay Godse
- Pickpocket: Shrikant Yadav
Selection in festivals
- Pusan International Film Festival 2009.
- 8th Pune International Film Festival, Pune, India
- Kerala International Film Festival 2009
- Berlin International Film Festival 2010 
- Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010
- 26th Warsaw International Film Festival (2010)
Awards and achievements
|Award Name||Awardee||Film Festivals|
|Best Director||Umesh Kulkarni|
|Best Cinematographer||Sudhir Palsane||PIFF 2010|
|Best Sound Design||Anthony B J Ruban|
|Best Cinematographer||Sudhir Palsane||Zee gaurav Awards 2010|
- Vihir' to be screened at Berlin Film Fest
- After National Film Awards, ‘Vihir’ director looks at Berlin
- ABCL's first Marathi film set for world premiere in S Korea
- "Vihir विहीर".
- "Vihir -- Film Review". Archived from the original on 15 February 2010.
- "Marathi film 'Vihir' gets warm reception at Berlin film fest". Berlin: NDTV Movies. 18 February 2010.