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Phulawa Khamkar’s first short film, ‘Maasa’ (Fish), to be screened in International Competition category of 17th Mumbai International Film Festival

‘Maasa’ explores delicate relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law: Director Phulawa Khamkar

The movie answers whether the vicious circle of transfer of pain from one generation to other can ever be broken: Actor Amruta Subhash

Posted On: 31 MAY 2022 6:35PM by PIB Mumbai

Mumbai, 31 May 2022


‘Maasa’ the short film is a story of relationship between two women in different age groups, and also an effort to present individual lives of these two women, expressed director of the film and noted dancer, choreographer Phulawa Khamkar. On the third day of the 17th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) being held in Mumbai, Phulawa interacted with the delegates through ‘MIFF Dialogues’ (where film makers interact with the delgates) today. Noted actor Amruta Subhash who has portrayed the character ‘Ketaki’ in the film, was also present.

Actor and writer Sandesh Kulkarni has written the story of ‘Maasa’. The film revolves around the relationship of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law and brings out the unexpressed feelings of a ‘woman’ in this relationship. The protagonist of the movie Rakhmabai, an elderly widow is a tough, independent woman. After her son’s untimely death in a road accident, she starts serving lunch boxes with the help of  daughter-in-law Ketaki to make both ends meet. Both women have buried their grief in work but it hovers around them like a ghost. Their monotonous life is rocked by the entry of a new customer Sumedh, who takes liking to Ketaki and her son Aniket. How does a 75 year old widow from a village who has a widow daughter-in-law and a grandson, face the situation? To know the answer one must watch the movie. Veteran actor Jyoti Subhash had portrayed Rakhma while Sandesh Kulkarni too, has an important role in the film.

‘Maasa’ also comments on how elders, who have suffered in their youth end up ill-treating the youngers unknowingly, said Amruta Subhash. “The mother-in-law has suffered a lot when she was daughter-in-law. When she becomes mother-in-law, she treats her daughter-in-law in the same manner. This is seen in every relationship. This mentality gives rise to a vicious circle and leads to the problems in the relationship. The film depicts this tension. To know whether it fizzles out or not, one will have to watch the movie,” Amruta Subhash said.

The film has been shot at Nagaon in Raigad district. The story is set in Konkani backdrop. After having a vast experience as a choreographer, directing a film, short film was completely different experience for Phulawa Khamkar. But being accustomed with dance and especially rhythm helped a lot in directing the film, said Phulawa Khamkar. “Apart from the excellent actors, cinematographer Amol Gole, editor Kshiti Khandagale, musician Nilesh Mohrir strengthened the team”, she added.

MIFF is an excellent forum to promote short films and and provides a global platform to them, Khamkar said. The short films, documentaries and animation films on varied subjects, being screened at the 17th MIFF are attracting film lovers. The festival, running in both online and offline form, will go on till June 4.

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