If there is just one Marathi film which is the cynosure of each and every person in today’s circumstances, it is none other than the film KAALI MAATI. Though the film started shooting and was completed entirely during the initial dreaded lock down period, it has already succeeded in winning several National as well as global awards from various prestigious film festivals till date.
Produced and directed by Hemantkumar Mahale, the film KAALI MAATI has been inspired by life and times of the National award winning ideal peasant Shri Gyaneshwar Bodke and shows how strenuously with dedication and hard work, the story of peasants who have succeeded in coming up with around 400 crores rice crop has been driven home by his inspiring real life story. The film will set out to display the attitude of the government as well as the various banks towards the peasants and set out to throw light on the problems which the peasants are facing even today, which lead them to commit suicide helplessly.
Even while the film KAALI MAATI was being shown at various International as well as National film festivals all over the world, it has been able to garner as many as 301 awards in 194 days. Out of these, 61 awards were bagged by director Hemantkumar Mahale for his direction. The film will now march towards various other festivals after having been showcased in India, Malaysia, France, Europe, London and USA. Producer-Director Hemantkumar Mahale says that his aim is to garner at least 351 prestigious awards in all for his ambitious thought provoking and progressive film and adds that it is by itself a world record for a film to garner 301 awards in a span of just 194 days and he has already briefed the Guinness Book of World Records, Limca Book of World Records, Asia Book of Records, India Book of Records etc. about his achievement and they are likely to confer on him the certificates shortly.
Hemantkumar Mahale, is renowned as the showman organizer in the world of music, and KAALI MAATI is his second film as a producer and director. The film stars among others Omprakash Shinde, Aetashaa Sansgiri, Diksha Bhor, Bhagwan Pachore, Poonam Patil, P.K. Waghmare in key roles. Music has been composed by the Music Director duo Avinash-Vishwajeet while Suresh Suvarna and Raja Phadtare are the Cameramen. Anil Raut and Hemantkumar Mahale have penned incisive dialogues while Mayur Aadkar has written the thought provoking screenplay. The exciting locations add to the spirit of the film and enhance its visual quality as has been seen by the interest shown by several International festival organizers. The producer hopes to release KAALI MAATI all over Maharashtra very shortly, once the Pandemic recedes and the government gradually throws open the theaters.