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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7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Aditya Modak Aditya Modak ... Sharad Nerulkar
Arun Dravid Arun Dravid ... Guruji
Sumitra Bhave Sumitra Bhave ... Maai
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

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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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A multi-layered character story of an artist
16 September 2020 | by mbrcfSee all my reviews

TIFF 2020 10

The Disciple

Never in my life I thought watching a film about Indian classical music would be remotely interesting. However The disciple, a film directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, has proved my wrong. It's about a student and performer of the classical music in India which is also called Raag, who is desperate to become one of the greats.

The film is a multi-layered, beautifully textured character study of a man's journey and devotion to a goal he might or might not reach. It thoroughly captures one's doubts, fears and uncertainties about if one is good enough for the task ahead. It has somewhat a slow start and things get more and more relatable and resonating as we go through the sitting. At the end, the whole experience feels complete and satisfactory.

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Release Date:

30 April 2021 (USA) See more »

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Mumbai, India

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2.35 : 1
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