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Shwaas (2004)

This story is about how an old man tried to show his grandson the preciousness and beauty of life in a no win situation such as cancer. It is about keeping a positive attitude towards life.

Director:

Sandeep Sawant

Writer:

Sandeep Sawant (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Arun Nalawade ... Keshavram Shantaram Vichare
Ashwin Chitale Ashwin Chitale ... Parshuram 'Parshya' Vichare
Sandeep Kulkarni ... Dr. Sane
Amruta Subhash ... Ashawari (Medica Social Worker)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vibhawari Deshpande ... Receptionist
Ashwini Giri ... Mrs. Vichare
Ganesh Manjrekar Ganesh Manjrekar ... Divakar (uncle)
Sandeep Pathak Sandeep Pathak
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Parshuram (affectionately called as 'Parsha') is like any other child of his age - chirpy , mischievous and utterly likable . However when he complains of vision problems his grandfather Keshav Vichare (Arun Nalawade) travels all the way from their small village in the Konkan region in Maharashtra to Pune for getting his eyes checked . It turns out to be retino blastoma , a type of eye cancer that has only one cure - eye removal . Dr. Sane (Sandeep Kulkarni) asks Mr. Vichare to break the news to Parsha . Vichare is procrastinating at first but realizes later that the need of the hour is not only to break the news to Parsha , but also to show him the value of life and the joy of living even after rendered blind . Written by Soumitra

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Country:

India

Language:

Marathi

Release Date:

10 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breath See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,042, 12 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,042, 12 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Brilliant - Simply BRILLIANT
12 December 2004 | by dhananjay_mhatreSee all my reviews

This is a film about a six year old child from a village in Maharashtra (a state in India) and his grandfather who come to Pune (a city in Maharashtra) to treat the child's eyes. here the grandfather gets to know that the child has cancer in both eyes and that they have to be removed to save the child's life. the movie is all about the main characters' and their feelings and actions until the operation.

The movie is not a typical cliché Indian movie, so dun expect to see songs or romance or melodrama. this ia a supremely crafted sensitive movie which resorts to silent expressions rather than over the top dialogs to get the point thru. witness the scene where the grandfather is told about the need to remove the child's eyes. the acting is superb, dialogs heart breaking. your heart goes out for the grandfather who has the unenviable task of telling the child and his mother about the operation.

the handling of the subject has been excellent. the film was made under great hardship by the director, Sandeep Sawant who had to knock many doors to gather the Rs. six million (approx. $130000) budget. even then the final product seems polished and has decent production values. also witness the subtle city village contrast shown by the director by incorporating some random shots of the boy's life in the village. Sawant definitely seems to prefer village life.

THe acting by all is excellent. Amruta Subhash as the social worker is competent adding the required humane touch to her role. Sandeep Kulkarni as the docter is great, showing perfect mannerisms of a doctor. Ashwin Chitale as the child is a natural. he doesn't seem to be acting. everything about him is natural and does not seem forced.

But towering above all is Arun Nalawade as the grandfather. he is astounding in his role. mere words cannot describe his work. it is a performance to cherish forever.

Shwaas is a sincere effort to make good cinema. it should not be ignored just for the fact that it shows that if things are kept simple, the the results can be really surprising. 10/10.


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