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The New Marathi Film

As the global traffic of ideas, images and objects filter into the Marathi sensorium, the new Marathi film constitutes the surface that registers, absorbs and refl ects its effects. Emerging alongside the mainstream, these fi lms tap into middle-class anxiety about changing lifestyles, urban unrest, an excess of choice, disparities and rural distress. Through this they attempt a different, almost edgy engagement with the everyday in order to manufacture an archive of the contemporary.

As the global traffic of ideas, images and objects filter into the Marathi sensorium, the new Marathi film constitutes the surface that registers, absorbs and reflects its effects. Emerging alongside the mainstream, these films tap into middle-class anxiety about changing lifestyles, urban unrest, an excess of choice, disparities and rural distress. Through this they attempt a different, almost edgy engagement with the everyday in order to manufacture an archive of the contemporary.

As distances reduce, boundaries get erased and the textures of our daily lives transform in the wake of a constantly revolutionising mediascape and the complex uptake of digital technologies, we should not forget that the contemporary affects and effects people and places in different ways. The sudden transformation and explosion in the practice and experience of the regional cinema in Maharashtra is one such effect. If since the beginning of cinema in India, Marathi cinema was one of the major regional ones, its production had dwindled to become inconsequential by the end of the 20th century.

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