The event was also a celebration of Sumbaran's selection in the Indian Panorama category of the prestigious International Film Festival of India 2010 (IFFI 2010). With the selection of Sumbaran at IIFI, Gajendra Ahire now holds the distinction of probably being the only director whose films have got selected at IIFI more than thrice.
Also present at the ceremony were the cast and crew of Sumbaran including Makarand Anaspure, Siddharth Jadhav, Jitendra Joshi, Ravi Kale, Ravindra Mankani, Sai Tamhankar, Vrunda Ahire, Mukta Barve, Ashwini Kalsekar, Aditi Bhagwat, Seema Deshmukh, Sushrut Mankani, Swarali Patil, Music director Rahul Ranade, editor Rahul Bhatankar and cinematographer.
According to the producer Mr. Sunil Phadtare, "It's indeed a joyous occasion for all of us. Making this film was a cathartic experience and it was all Gajendra sirs' efforts that have made this film a masterpiece. I would also specially like to thank Rahul Ranade for composing such a melodious album. He has skilfully managed to capture all the emotions in the film transcending in to the music."
Sumbaran is a romantic love story of a village left behind, and for each one, it is a different alibi. It marks the journey of a budding music director Viru (Jitendra Joshi), who decides to visit his native home along with his brother Vasanta (Makarand Anaspure), sister-in-law Vahini (Vrunda Ahire), his two friends Mukta (Sai Tamhankar) and Sushu (Sushrut Mankani). Visiting this abandoned house creates the ripple of pleasant memories not only for Veeru but also his aloof brother Vasanta. The film unravels the mystery of unforgotten cultural roots, unspoken bonds, mischief, melodious music and unprecedented romance in addition to bringing to fore rapidly changing social dynamics.
Beaming with pride, director Gajendra Ahire said, "It's an honour to be selected for the Indian Panorama and it's all the more sweet, as this is my fourth movie to be selected. Sumbaran is not just a film, it's an unforgettable experience. It's a story of picturesque memories reminiscing lost personas. Sumbaran is a collaborative effort in the every sense of the word and I am extremely happy with the way this movie has shaped up. It undoubtedly is amongst my best works thus far."
Sumbaran music album contains five tracks in all, vastly ranging from authentic folk (originated from a nomadic shepherd community -Dhangar) to contemporary jazz numbers. The album offers a soulful melody called 'Rutu yetil Jatil' sung by Shaan and Janhavi Arora. Shaan has also sung a youthful peppy number. True to his style and music repertoire, Rahul Ranade has cleverly woven two different musical forms making this a complete musical treat.
Music Director of the film Rahul Ranade said, "The film's protagonist is a music director, who explores music through his childhood inspiration Bhiroba. The nomadic shepherd community folk essence was very crucial to establish Bhiroba and Veeru's character. I was extremely excited to amalgamate folk with contemporary jazz and rock - the two distinctively polar genre of music in Sumbaran. I couldn't think of a better choice than Shaan for the youthful compositions, and we being close friends also helped. Janhavi Arora has a versatile appeal and she has sung exceptionally well. Ajit Parab himself is a great composer and he has added a fresh flavour to the rhythmic folk song 'Punvechaya Chandnyat', which has also been brilliantly sung by renowned folk singer Nandesh Umap. And finally, the excellent choice of musicians on each composition has made Sumbaran an exclusive album."
Sumbaran...Soneri Divsanchya Soneri Aathavani is slated for release on November 19, 2010.