Programme 2018

Dhappa (Howzzat)

Director: Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari


Section: Marathi Talkies

Country: India | Year: 2018

Language(s): Marathi | Time: 115 mins


In a Pune housing society, Anuradha is busy directing a play for children for the Ganesh Festival, which highlights the issues of environment with the messages of Jesus Christ and Sant Tukaram. Children are enjoying the rehearsal, which is suddenly disrupted by a political group, threatening everyone that Jesus Christ cannot be a part of a play during the festival of Lord Ganesha. The elders in the society relent, but the children are confused, as they don’t find anything offensive in the play. In school too, they are taught about India’s “unity in diversity”. Caught between their school lessons and reality, they try asking their elders but find no acceptable answers.

Director's Bio

Nipun Avinash Dharmadhikari is an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, and playwright. In 2009, co-founded a theatre group named Natak Company to produce plays especially for the youth. In 2011, he was awarded the Damu Kenkre Award, given to a promising director from the state of Maharashtra. He co-wrote a Hindi film, Nautanki Saala, in 2013. He was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 India in 2015 and Forbes 30 under 30 Asia in 2016. In 2017, he wrote and directed a Marathi film, Baapjanma.

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