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Marathi film ‘Unaad’ to compete at Czech film fest

Marathi film ‘Unaad’ to compete at Czech film fest

Jio Studios’ much awaited Marathi feature film ‘Unaad’, directed by noted Indian filmmaker Aditya Sarpotdar, has been selected for the International Competition of Feature Films in the Youth Category at the prestigious Zlín International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Presented by Jio Studios, produced by Jyoti Deshpande, Ajit Arora, Chandresh Bhanushali and Pritesh Thakkar, ‘Unaad’ is a moving coming of age film and stars Ashutosh Gaikwad, Chinmay Jadhav and Abhishek Bharate.

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Expressing delight on the film’s selection, director Sarpotdar shared: “It’s an honour for ‘Unaad’ to be selected in the important and relevant Youth category. We have attempted a realistic take on the current youth of the Koli community and the film showcases the journey of three youngsters and their struggles.

“Its selection at Zlin validates the journey the entire team embarked on. We are keenly awaiting audience reactions, especially from such an esteemed festival dedicated to young audiences.”

‘Unaad’ is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers from Harne, a small coastal fishing town in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Shubya Bandya and Jameel are three friends who while away their time roaming around town and have no aim in life. The locals consider them the scoundrels of the town as these boys are known to get into trouble. This is the story of that phase in their lives that changes them forever.

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Zlín International Film Festival, which opens next week, is one of the oldest and largest of its kind worldwide and represents a highly prestigious event, confronting contemporary international trends in filmmaking for children and teenagers. The last edition of the festival was attended by 81,000 visitors. The screenings were attended by 11,000 viewers and the official line-up consisted of 310 films from 52 countries of the world.

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