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Director’s Note The idea of the film came to my mind when I read a quote ‘We are gifted with two best friends when we are born; a time comes when we realize they are our mother & father’ The dialogue between parents & their children tends to reduce when children are around teenage. Many times youngsters believe that parents won’t understand the situation they are in. Our film tries to unfold and release that tension. It gives you an experience of a friendly relationship between parents & their children. It’s a film we see how Alok’s parents handle his breakup with his girlfriend in a mature way. Through Alok’s point of view, our film questions the value system of an Indian family and at the same time through a parent’s point of view, it enriches the bonding within the family. Director’s Introduction He had worked as Chief Assistant Director with well known directorial duo Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukathankar for five years. He had worked on the films like ‘Phir Zindagi’ starring Naseeruddin Shah & Ratna Pathak-Shah, ‘Kasav’ selected for MAMI FEAT 2016, ‘Gho Mala Asala Hawa’ which won best Marathi film award at Pune International film fest 2008. He was the Associate Director & Co-screenplay Writer of the film ‘The Bright Day’ directed by Mohit Takalkar. This was screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 He had worked as a documentary filmmaker in Suzlon Foundation (CSR branch of Suzlon Industries) Travelling all across India; he had made more than 60 short documentaries on the social work happening in remote villages. He had also worked as a copywriter for two years in SETU Advertising Pvt. Ltd. His first short film ‘Vision’ won Special Jury Award in Ability Film Fest 2005. The Jury consisted the renowned filmmakers like Mani Ratnam, Adhoor Gopalkrishnan, Jaya Bachchan, Nandita Das. His Second short film ‘Limbu-Timbu’ has been screened at various international festivals including Mumbai International Film Fest and Film Festivals in Brazil, Germany, and England. Cast n Crew synopsis MURAMBA (Sweet Pickle) Feature Film Language: Marathi The story, Screenplay, Director: Varun Narvekar Producer: Dashami Studioz, HUGE Productions, Pratisaad Productions DOP: Milind Joag Costume Designer: Kalyani Kulkarni Gugle Art Direction: Siddharth Tatuskar Cast: Ameya Wagh, Sachin Khedekar, Chinmayee Sumit, Mithila Palkar “We are gifted with two best friends when we are born And the time comes when we realize they are our Mother and Father..” Do we really consider them as friends? In the world of growing individualism, our ego – we refer to as MY SPACE – keeps these two great friends of all times at the helm of all the life affairs. But they are always there, keeping an eye on us- rather our crises. These crises could be anything – education, career, financial crunch or be it Love affair. Agree? Here is a sweet family of three. The only son- Alok, is in a relationship with Indu, which is about to get converted into marriage soon. One fine morning, after returning from a night-out, Alok declares the relationship stands called off. He has his own reasoning and he is pretty sure that his parents will not understand it. They are simply unaware of the stigma today’s generation goes through. Should the parent take this decision quietly? Or should they intervene? The biggest problem is to be called indifferent or interfering in the respective cases. But parents can’t let the child suffer, especially when they know that their son could be at fault… the father here dares to be called – interfering. He makes Alok meets Indu, takes them for lunch, makes them talk, wipes out the confusion… at times, he reprimands his son and also, shows him the way forward. He eases both of them out.. and when the kids admit the mistake, help them correct it and embrace them lovingly. While Alok is passing through this breakup phase, his parents help him to deal with it. In this course, the parents try to understand and analyze the approach of present generation towards relationship overall. Thus, Muramba becomes a tale of two generations trying to understand and digest each other’s approach towards man-woman relationships. The sensitive treatment of the subject makes it hilarious yet keeps the emotionality intact in Muramba. In India, Marriages are for the family, not the individual. Muramba makes this emotional brouhaha very enjoyable. It shows us the various images of relationships:- layered n sweetly aged relationship of the parents, twisted in the beginning but embracing relationship of father-son, guilt struck relationship of mother-son… Of course, the major part is the girlfriend-boyfriend relationship traveling through phases – from childhood friendship to the status of someone special to the level of break-up and then again coming together… Muramba is the collage of all the relationships. Ultimately what a relationship is? Two personalities kept for brewing together losing all the hurting contours.. leaving just a sweetly juicy mix behind…

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For Deshmukhs who reside in a plush high-class society in Pune, it was no different. Their only son Alok had been in a relationship with Indu for 4 years. They had been childhood friends but they fell in love when Alok was pursuing his MBA. Now all that Deshmukhs dreamt was to get them two engaged to each other next month and by next year they could officially get Indu home as their daughter in law. But one morning Alok breaks it to his parents that their relationship is over and they are no longer together. Apart from the shock from the breakup, the parents were in bigger concern to see that Alok refused to share anything regarding what actually happened. He told them that they will never understand today’s relationships and it’s problems. And how their 4-year relationship went bad to worse gets clearer as we see them in their flashback. Alok opens up to his parents not as parents but his friends and they in return without judging listen to Alok and patiently do their best to understand him. They even reach out Indu to understand both sides of the story. That day was quite unusual day for all four of them as they see each other in a new light. The Deshmukhs realised how differently the new generation treats their relationships and it takes no time for Alok to realise that his truest and closest friends are the people who brought him to this world, his parents

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