Self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical vocalist as the mastery he strives for remains elusive.


Chaitanya Tamhane
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Credited cast:
Aditya Modak Aditya Modak ... Sharad Nerulkar
Arun Dravid Arun Dravid ... Guruji
Sumitra Bhave Sumitra Bhave
Deepika Bhide Bhagwat Deepika Bhide Bhagwat
Kiran Yadnyopavit Kiran Yadnyopavit
Abhishek Kale Abhishek Kale
Neela Khedkar Neela Khedkar
Makarand Mukund Makarand Mukund
Kristy Banerjee Kristy Banerjee
Prasad Vanarse Prasad Vanarse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashwini Kulkarni


Sharad Nerulkar has devoted his life to becoming an Indian classical music vocalist, diligently following the traditions and discipline of old masters, his guru, and his father. But as years go by, Sharad starts to wonder whether it's really possible to achieve the excellence he's striving for. A journey of devotion, passion, and searching for the absolute in contemporary Mumbai. Written by New Europe Film Sales

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Drama | Music


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Chaitanya's take on Music
30 April 2021 | by rupeshsukale46See all my reviews

In his interview with Anupama Chopra, Chaitanya confessed that he did not knew a lot about Indian classical music. But his movie speaks a lot about music not just about Indian classical music but music as a whole.

His take on Indian music shows, on online trollers who judge the singers when they hardly know about it, his take on Music mafias, on changing music style of music show contestants, on Fusion bands in colleges, on failure, on aspiring career in music, on on unpaid fees to classical singers, many things 'The Disciple' talks about with its slow camera movement.

The hustle of protagonist Sharad Nerulkar is clearly visible, the slow death of interest of Indian audience towards Classical music is very well felt.

What i loved most about this movie is that it stands unapologetic to itself, did not tried to make people feel relevance, just telling story as is, without adulteration of dramas to please audience, it does not have it's own opinion on many things, it just show what the reality is.

Clearly best movie made about music. Must watch on Netflix.

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Release Date:

30 April 2021 (USA) See more »

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The Disciple See more »

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Mumbai, India

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