A Man Who Has Watched Sholay A Thousand Times captivates Cannes

The Marathi film, Hazaar Vela Sholay Pahelila Manus, met with a grand response at Cannes 2024. Photo:
Creative Ways

The 2024 Cannes Film Festival witnessed an extraordinary tribute to Indian cinema with the screening of the Marathi movie, Hazaar Vela Sholay Pahelila Manus, which translates to ‘A Man Who Has Watched Sholay A Thousand Times’. This film, a heartfelt homage to one of India’s most beloved movies, Sholay, has garnered enthusiastic praise from audiences and critics alike, highlighting its cultural significance and emotional depth.

Directed by Rushikesh Gupte, this film is not just a movie but a celebration of the enduring legacy of Sholay, often hailed as India’s greatest film. The story delves into the life of an ardent fan, whose love for Sholay transcends mere admiration.

The screening at Cannes met with a resounding response, underscoring its impact on a global audience. The festival, known for its discerning audience and critical eye, provided the perfect platform for this cinematic gem. The audience’s response was overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the film’s heartfelt narrative and the evocative depiction of Sholay’s timeless appeal.

Produced by Sagoon Wagh and Sridevi Wagh of Kuausmedia Entertainment and Rajesh Dempo and Bhakti Dempo of Vishwas Media and Entertainment, along with co-production by Sholay Media and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Kuberans Tech Ventures Private Limited, this project is a true labor of love. Jeet Wagh, the associate producer, shared insights into the inspiration for this unique project. He highlighted the profound impact of cinema and its ability to inspire the human mind, with Sholay serving as the ideal metaphor for this power. The film aims to capture the essence of what makes that 1975 blockbuster so special, not only in India but also among film enthusiasts worldwide.

The cast features veteran stalwarts of Marathi cinema, including Dilip Prabhavalkar, Sonali Kulkarni, Siddharth Jadhav, Kishore Kadam and Prajakta Datar. Their stellar performances bring authenticity and depth to the narrative, making the audience feel the protagonist’s joys and sorrows.

Sholay remains a touchstone in Indian cinema for its memorable characters, gripping narrative and unforgettable dialogues. This tribute weaves these elements into a new story that honors the original while offering a fresh perspective, highlighting the profound effect a single film can have on an individual’s life.

The poster of the Marathi film, Hazaar Vela Sholay Pahelila Manus_poster. Photo: Creative Ways

Following its triumphant reception at Cannes, the film is set to continue its festival circuit before a wider release. The makers hope that the universal appeal and emotional depth of the movie will resonate with audiences around the world, sparking renewed interest in Sholay and its place in cinematic history. This film is not just a tribute to a classic but a testament to the power of cinema to inspire, connect and transform lives.



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