Dazzling! Emerging filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni’s feature is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale, stunningly shot amongst the grandeur of the rolling Indian plains. Young Sameer leaves the city with his parents to visit their country family who are preparing for a wedding. But for Sameer there is only one aim: to meet his cousin and best friend Nachiket. The two adolescent boys are inseparable and Sameer looks up to his older, free-thinking cousin who teaches him many truths as they stand at the cross-roads of their lives with the innocence of childhood slipping away. This change is echoed by the fate of Sameer’s female cousin who is being forced into a marriage for the families’ petty gains. Nachiket becomes increasingly distraught by this marriage until he can take it no longer, leading to an action that will change Sameer’s young life forever. Kulkarni captures the subtle emotions and moods of his subjects, and their environment in a visual style reminiscent of the greats of Bengali art cinema, while he also explores the beauty of dosti (closest friends). One to watch! —bfi
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni is a Marathi film director. He is an alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.He is known for Marathi films such as Valu (The Wild Bull), Vihir (The Well) and Deool (The Temple).
Umesh Kulkarni was born on 6th December 1976 in Pune to Vinayak and Vishakha Kulkarni. He has done graduation in commerce from BMCC, Pune, besides acquiring a Law degree. He joined FTII Pune in February 2000.
Kulkarni also directed notable short films such as Girni, Three of Us, Vilay and Gaarud.
Girni won the National Film Award for the Best Non Feature Film. Valu, released in January 2008 was featured in the Berlin film festival. Vihir was featured in Berlin film festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010, the Netherlands. —Wikipedia