Essel Vision's Marathi films bag prestigious National Awards
Essel Vision's film Elizabeth Ekadashi has got the National Award Golden Lotus (Swarna Kamal) back home for Essel Vision 4 years after Natarang won the same award back in 2010. The production house's other film, Killa also got 3 awards making it a proud moment for the makers and presenters. Within a week of receiving an array of awards in Zee Gaurav, MaTaa Sanman and Fipresci, Elizabeth Ekadashi receives Swarn Kamal for the Best Children's film. Killa which had the honor of receiving Crystal Bear Award, Berlinale 2014 and several other awards gets Best Marathi Film and two special mentions from the jury - One for Best Film & other for Parth Bhalerao as an actor.
Both the films have been screened at some of the most reputed film festivals. Elizabeth Ekadashi & Killa were screened at IFFI 2014. At PIFF 2015 both the Films shared the Best Film of the year. Later in Zee Gaurav Elizabeth Ekadashi got Best film along with other awards, whereas Killa received Best Film (critics) with five other awards. Also in MaTaa Sanman Elizabeth stood out Best Film along with five other awards and also received FIPRESCI's best film of the year from India. Finally hitting the National Awards.
Paresh Mokashi's film produced by Essel Vision & Mayasabha has been much-admired by both viewers and critics. Succeeding director's out of box biopic Harshichandrachi Factory, which was hailed by audiences of Maharashtra and beyond, Elizabeth Ekadashi was received with curiosity and eager by the viewers. A film which marked a new page of Marathi cinema, a way of storytelling which was through children and their scope of understanding yet crossing all the age boundaries making adults nostalgic. Surprisingly Killa too deals with nostalgia. Nostalgia seems to be working wonders with Maharashtrians.
Killa, a film produced by MR Filmworks & JAR Pictures and presented by Essel Vision and Avinash Arun's debut has already been discussed as an outstanding film with rich visuals and a subtle storytelling. Talking about his journey with the film as a director, Avinash, said, "Killa is an attempt to cherish those moments. It's a film about my past, which has made my present". The film is due a release later this year and is much awaited by audiences who seek for substance.