The Oldest Form of Indian Cinema: Marathi Movies

Monday, October 24 by Krisann Valdez

Marathi Movies

Marathi movies come from the Marathi cinema, the oldest film industry in India. The founder of cinema in India, Dadasaheb Phalke, brought the revolutionary idea of moving images to the country in 1913. Since then, Marathai cinema has evolved into a renowned, critically acclaimed industry. In the 2010 first quarter box office, the Marathi cinema surpassed the empire of Bollywood cinema in collections and critical approval. Marathi movies are unique for two main reasons. First, they are produced in the Marathi language in the state of Maharashtra, India, and second, they are movies centered on bold subjects, innovative ideas and deeper human sensitivity. If you’ve never seen a Marathi movie, now is the time to view one.

Start with a film like "Jogwa." This Marathi movie won the best social film in the 56th National Awards in 2008. It also won four other national awards, too, including Best Male Actor and Best Music. It's the kind of movie that will give you a deep appreciation for foreign films, especially because the movie's main theme is focused on a rural people treated as sex slaves.

Another great selection is "Shwaas." This one is the first Marathi movies to win the President’s Award and was India’s just nomination in the 77th Academy Awards. It's another more serious movie that will allow you to fully develop an appreciation for Marathi movies. The film was low-budget and centers on a real-life incident in Pune. It is said to have changed the way Marathi movies were viewed by the public.

For sports fanatics, "Manyaa-History Will be Made" is a must-see. This movie is Marathi cinema's first film on sports. It's centered on a male track athlete and promises to inspire athletes of all sports and talents.

If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, try watching "Natarang." This particular Marathi movie is a musical and provides a fun twist to the world of musicals. It was well-received in India upon its release in 2010. The movie, which is set against a village backdrop in the 1970s, focuses on the emotions related to gender bias.

"Umbartha" is a Marathi movie that stepped out of the norm in various ways. This movie is devoted to telling the story of a woman who desires greater social responsibilty by helping abused women. The film is well-directed and highlights natural acting.