Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nishani Dawa Angatha

Movie Review “Nishani Dawa Angatha”

Genre: Comedy

Director: Purushottam Vrede

Language: Marathi

Star Cast: Ashok Saraf, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Makarand Anaraspure, Nirmiti Sawant, Mohan Agashe, Vinay Aapate

Special Appearance: Bharat Jadhav, Sanjay Narvekar

“Nishani Dawa Angatha” is a film based on a novel of same name. Author of this book is Ramesh Ingale. As per Marathi film industries ritual this film is a comical farce on very serious issue. This film talks about why there are so many illiterate people in rural areas although Indian Government runs so many literacy programs over the years. And which had been very successful on papers. “Nishani Dawa Angatha” shows the loopholes in such government programs.

The story happens in a village name ‘Savargaon’ in Buldhana district in Maharashtra. In the village there is a school run by six male and six female teachers. Principle of school is played by Ashok Saraf. One day principle received a letter from government announcing that adult literacy program is started and all the teachers are expected to do extra duty for the same i.e. they will have to work after their normal working hours and teach illiterate adults at nights 8 to 10 pm. Although everyone is irritated with this, they had to do this as it is governments order.

But as it happens in any government work, people start find loopholes to miss the work. Everyone involved in the program right from teachers, supervisors, officers tries to save their skin. They run this program for three years and without creating anyone literate, the village bags the award for the excellent work in literacy program. That is what movie is all about.

The movie got excellent storyline. But there is much more scope of improvement in screenplay, and direction of movie. Director Purushottam Berde tried to be true to the novel all along but little bit of cinematic liberty could have added charm to the movie. All the actors were brilliant. If I have to rate this movie I will give it 7 out of 10. But it is still a must watch movie and highly entertaining too.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Celebrities with Cancer ......... Part4

Chandralekha Prabhudas Patel commonly known as just Chandralekha, was a dancer and choreographer from India. She was an exponent of performances fusing Bharatanatyam with martial arts like Kalarippayattu. She was conferred the highest award of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music, Dance and Drama, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 2004. The cause of death of her was cervical cancer.

Jade Goody Dental technician appeared on British reality TV show "Big Brother". She was in controversy as she used racial abuse towards Shilpa Shetty. She diagnosed with cancer when she appeared in Indian version of “Big Brother” i.e. “Big Boss”.

Chandra Shekhar Singh He was the 9th Prime Minister of the Republic of India. Shekhar suffered from multiple myeloma, a form of cancer of the plasma cell.

Andrew McKelvey is the founder, chairman, and CEO of TMP Worldwide, the world's largest seller of yellow page ads. TMP is also owner and operator of, the number one job placement World Wide Web site and one of the 100 most visited Web sites. He died at the age of 74 of pancreatic cancer.

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, also known as Liz Taylor, is an Anglo-American actress. She is known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity. She survived a benign brain tumor operation and skin cancer.

Napoleon Bonaparte was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century. Napoleon's physician, Francesco Antommarchi, led the autopsy which found the cause of death to be stomach cancer.

Audrey Hepburn, she was a British actress and humanitarian. Hepburn died of abdominal cancer on 20 January 1993.

Kulwant Roy, He was an Indian photographer. As the head of an agency named "Associated Press Photographs", he was personally responsible for several iconic images of the Indian independence movement and the early years of the Republic of India. He died in New Delhi in 1984 from cancer.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


1. Gayatri Joshi

2. Gauri Karnik

3. Bhakti Barve

4. Bhabyashree Patwardhan

5. Ashwini Bhave

6. Archana Jogalekar

7. Amruta Khanvilkar

8. Aditi Govitrikar