Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary is celebrated through the coming of age of Kalyani Rao, an Indian student who returns to her grandparents’ home in Pune India, to complete her doctoral thesis on Gandhiji and Contemporary Pune.
Adverse reactions from her grandfather and a general apathy among her school friends leads to a crises that is compounded by increasing evidence of environmental collapse and excess urban congestion.
Gandhiji’s dream of ‘gram swaraj’ and his lessons for self-discipline help Kalyani practice naturopathy; she undertakes a fast for self cleansing and experiences a closer connection with Gandhiji with the help of archival footage that she has been seeing as a part of her thesis work.
She no longer sees her scholarship and her academic career as the most important parts of her life and realizes that there are greater issues and commitments that she must pursue in order to achieve higher goals in life.

(The film is made, not to entertain, but to convey Bapu’s message of love, tolerance, peace and equality)

  • Nachiket Patwardhan
  • Nachiket Patwardhan
  • Nachiket Patwardhan
  • Ketaki Narayan
    Key Cast
  • Mohan Agashe
    Key Cast
  • Jyoti Subhash
    Key Cast
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    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
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    English, Hindi, Marathi
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Director Biography - Nachiket Patwardhan

Nachiket Patwardhan filmography (art direction & direction in partnership with Jayoo Patwardhan)

1976 – 77 costumes & set dressing for GHASHIRAM KOTWAL Marathi feature film by Mani Kaul & the Yukt co-operative.
1977 – 78 art direction & costumes for ONDA NONDU KAALA DALLI Kannada feature film by Girish Karnad
1978 – 80 produced & directed 22 JUNE 1897 Marathi feature film, winner of 3 National Awards, 2 Filmfare and 2 Maharashtra State Awards for best Marathi film; official entry at the Mannheim International Film Festival
1981 – 83 art direction & costumes for UTSAV Hindi feature film by Girish Karnad, produced by Shashi Kapoor, winner of National Award for art direction 1984
1983 art direction & costumes for MOHAN JOSHI HAAZIR HO Hindi feature film by Saeed Akhtar Mirza
1984 – 85 produced and directed ANANTYATRA Hindi feature film, winner of National Award for best Hindi film 1986, official entry at the Hawaii International Film Festival
1987 art direction & costumes for KANAKA PURANDARA Film Division documentary by Girish Karnad, winner of National Award for best non – feature film
19887 – 88 art direction & costumes for LAMP IN THE NICHE Film Division documentary by Girish Karnad
1988 art direction & costumes for Indian locations for BYE BYE BLUES Canadian English feature film by Anne Wheeler
1991 – 92 background designs (architecture, artefacts & landscape) for RAMAYANA Japanese feature length animation film by Yugo Sako
1994 – 95 directed LIMITED MANUSKI, Marathi feature film produced by NFDC/DD winner of Filmfare award for best Marathi film 1996
1996 – 97 art direction & costumes for SWARAJNAMA 13 part TV serial by Girish Karnad
2002 10 min short film HEARTS APART at the Summer Arts Workshop at Fresno University California USA
1998 – 2003 Directed ‘DEVI’ AHILYABAI feature film produced by NFDC with Dept. of Culture (State & Central Government of India)
2010 art direction for MIRCH Hindi feature film by Vinay Shukla 2010
2019 – 20 Produced & directed EKLA CHAO 90 min commemoration of Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary.
Served as a jury member for three National Film Awards and numerous selection committees
Member of the P K Nair Committee for the re-development of FTII (2011 – 13)
Visiting professor at FTII dept. of production design and art direction.

SANKET - film production company registered with Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) under number 4194 (since 1979 with Marathi film 22 JUNE 1897 and Hindi film ANANTYATRA 1985)

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Director Statement

"....not playing by the Gallery..."

".....We have deconstructed the comprehensive framework into ad hoc incrementalism."
A quote from Architecture + Design Magazine 1996