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Mahesh Manjrekar's <i>Matichya Chuli</i> explores 'Saas-Bahu' relations

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    Monday, April 24, 2006
    Mumbai, (UNI): Noted Bollywood director Mahesh Manjrekar who has films like Vaastav,Astitva and Viruddh to his credit has written a Marathi film Matichya Chuli, which attempts to explore 'saas-bahu' relationship.

    Matichya Chuli (borrowing its title from a well known Marathi adage, gharoghari matichya chuli) is Mahesh Manjrekar's latest Marathi film, produced by Ashwami Manjrekar and directed by his brother Sudesh Manjrekar and Atul Kale, both of whom have assisted him in several ventures earlier.

    The film stars late Sudhir Joshi, Vandana Gupte, Ankush Choudhari, Madhura Velankar, Anand Abhyankar and Sanjay Mone.

    Manjrekar told reporters here that the subject was always there in his mind.

    ''Having seen the relations between my grandma and my mother and so many other families. I had always been intrigued by this repeated history of animosity between these two women. When I got married, I saw what actually happens and also realized the tight rope walk that a father and son have to do, while trying to keep the peace between the two most important women in their lives,'' he says candidly.

    ''The movie centers on a traditional Maharashtrian household and has been shot in Pune. It is based on the age-old premise of the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law tussles; it is a series of happenings in a family that each one of us can identify with. It says a lot without hard selling or aggressiveness...as you laugh, you realise your eyes have moistened because of a very subtle message and simple everyday emotions'', Mahesh said.

    The movie seeks to unfold the nitty gritties of different relationships, whether it is between the father and son or the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.

    It talks about a family where the parent's dream of getting their only son married to a girl of their choice, but the son ends up tying the knot with someone else. The movie seeks to exdore different relationships, whether it is between the father and son or the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. ''It is a lighthearted movie, with the theme being treated in a different way,'' says Manjrekar.

    The biggest challenge for Manjrekar came in the form of the sudden demise of Sudhir Joshi, whose role was then taken over by Anand Abhyankar, but the transition and replacement of artist has been handled very well without any hype or pretensions. ''I plan to release the film in Mumbai soon'', Manjrekar said.

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