Laxman Utekar's directorial debut Marathi film ‘Tapaal’ that has won National & International Awards has lost out to Rajendra Talak’s ‘A Rainy Day’ (Marathi) at the Jagran Film Festival. Tapaal that had its World Premiere at 18th Busan International Film Festival 2013, South Korea was also a contender at the 5th Jagran Film Festival. Rajendra Talak’s ‘A Rainy Day’ (Marathi) was adjudged as the Best Feature Film at the Jagran Film Festival.
‘A Rainy Day’ recently bagged the Best Film in Debut Marathi Producer category at the Maharshtra Government State Awards 2014 held recently. The film also bagged the award for Best Sound Design which went to Oscar winning sound designer of Slumdog Millionaire fame, Resul Pookutty. ‘A Rainy Day’ revolves around the life of a corrupt man Aniket whose wife Mugdha is against the immoral means he resorts to for getting his work done. Mugdha does all in her capacity to stop him from doing wrongs but in vain. One fine day she decides to leave him. What happens next? The film deals with questions like - How far a woman is responsible for a man being corrupt and can a woman stop her husband from being corrupt?
On the other hand, ‘Tapaal’ was selected in Indian Panorama Section at 44th IFFI (International Film festival 2013) and 9 other International Film Festivals as well. It was also screened at 3rd Eye Asian Film Festival and Pune Film Festival. That’s not all. Veena Jamkar bagged the best actress award at South Africa Film Festival. While Rohit Utekar won Best Child Actor Award, Prakash Holkar got the best lyricist award for his emotional composition 'don disanchi sawali ' at the Maharashtra state film Awards.
National & International Award winning Marathi film ‘Tapaal’ is set in a small village in the year 1977. It dwells with sympathy, concern and understanding on the bond between a little boy and a childless couple, and the social discrimination that they face.