By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on May 09, 2016
Directed by first-time filmmaker Uday Bhandarkar, the Marathi film Vees Mhanje Vees (20 Means 20) is the story of a young college girl who reopens her father’s school and the obstacles she goes through to keep it running.
Produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the film is set to release on June 10 across all major cities of Maharashtra with English subtitles. The film stars Mrinmayee Godbole, Parth Bhalerao (Bhoothnath), and Mrunal Jadhav (Drishyam) in pivotal roles and won cinematographer Avinash Arun (Killa), the Maharashtra State Award for his work in the film.
Speaking about the film, director Uday Bhandarkar said “The subject of Vees Mhanje Vees is very close to my heart. I believe that true education is learning how to deal with the world and not just acquiring bookish knowledge. But sadly we no longer attach any importance to this kind of education. At a time when small schools in remote villages in India are facing closure simply because they do not have 20 children, Vees Mhanje Vees will bring back the focus to education in its truest sense.”
It is also NFDC’s first theatrical release of 2016. Whether the film will live up to expectations is something only time will tell.