Turtle / Kaasav
Director : Sunil Sukthankar, Sumitra Bhave / India / 2016 / 105 mins / Marathi
Synopsis Janaki, a divorcee is trying to find the meaning of life at a sea-turtle conservation project run in a coastal village. While travelling, she accidentally meets an anonymous young man Manav who has escaped from the hospital where he was admitted for a suicidal attempt. Janaki tries to create a non-judgmental, non-intrusive, warm atmosphere to help him bloom. Janaki, her driver-assistant Yadu,
Conservationist Dattabhau, servant Bablya and the street-kid Parshu all become the vulnerable young Manav’s support system.
Direction & Production Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar
Screenplay Sumitra Bhave
Cinematography Dhananjay Kulkarni
Editing Mohit Takalkar
Sound Anmol Bhave
Music Saket Kanetkar
Cast Irawati Harshe, Alok Rajwade, Kishor Kadam, Dr. Mohan Agashe, Devika Daftardar, Santosh Redkar, Omkar Ghadi
SumitraBhave, a social scientist-researcher turned to filmmaking with Sunil Sukthankar in 1985. They have directed 14 feature films like Doghi,Vastupurush, Devrai, Nital, BewaqtBarish,Gho Mala AsalaHawa,Ek Cup Chya, MorDekhane Jungle Mein,Samhita&Astu; more than 50 short films, 5 TV serials and telefilms.
Feeling the urge to independently and artistically express the socially important subjects the director duoalso became producers.
Under the banner of VichitraNirmiteethey have produced & directed short films Pani ,Chakori, Laha and feature films ZindagiZindabad , 10th F, Badha andHa Bharat Maza.
Their films have received 6 International Awards, 11 National Awards, several National level awards, more than 45 State awards and several State level awards.SumitrtaBhave is recipient of ChitraRatnaPuraskar and Kamdhenu Award for literary contribution.
Co-Producer Dr. Mohan Agashe, an actor and medical doctor enjoys smuggling health and social education in the garb of entertainment through meaningful cinema and conducting post screening interactive discussion with audience. He is also the co-producer of the film Astu by the same directors. He is recipient of Padma Shri, the Goethe Medal and SangeetNatakAkademy Award.
Director’s note A mother sea-turtle has to return to the waters leaving the eggs for nesting on the shore….
The nests are to be protected so that the newborn turtles can go into the deep waters on their own!
Nonviolent, non-aggressiveturtle is a metaphor and much more…..