Marathi Film ‘Godavari’ to Open NY Indian Film Fest
India-West Staff Reporter
NEW YORK, NY – ‘Godavari‘, which stars Jitendra Joshi, Vikram Gokhale, Neena Kulkarni, Sanjay Mone and Priyadarshan Jadhav, has been selected as the opening film at the prestigious New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF).
The Marathi film tells the story of Nishikant essayed by Jitendra Joshi, who has strayed away from his family, returns home to discover corners he didn’t know existed and to mend relationships that had never really broken.
At the Pune International Film Festival 2022, it fetched the Best Director award for Nikhil Mahajan and the Best Cinematography award for Shamin Kulkarni while AV Prafulla Chandra won the Best Music Special Jury Prize.
Talking about his film, an elated Mahajan said, “I am honored and humbled that ‘Godavari’ has been selected as the opening film at the New York Film Festival. We have made this film with pure intent and we shot this film in sixteen days during the pandemic. I am thankful to Jio Studios for trusting me and believing in my vision. The film’s selection is a motivation to keep telling stories I truly believe in.”
Over the past years, the festival has showcased a wide range of South Asian film-makers such as Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Aparna Sen, Deepa Mehta, Mani Ratnam, Anurag Kashyap, and the late Rituparno Ghosh.