While many movies are being made around strong female leads, female directors are not far behind. These upcoming Marathi women directors are brilliantly carving their niche on a path trailblazed by ladies like Sai Paranjpye and Vijaya Mehta. We have savored their nuanced narratives over a spectrum of genres and this is a note of appreciation for that.

Mrinal Kulkarni

With Rama Madhav, Prem Mhanje Prem Mhanje Prem Asta, and her latest venture Ti Ani Ti, Mrinal Kulkarni’s tender take on romance, love, and the matters of the heart. Her narratives are as emotionally delicate as they are mature.

Pratima Joshi

After being a writer, costume designer and an actor, Pratima turned to direct feature films. Known for her 2018 drama Aamhi Doghi. Two women who hail from diametrically opposite backgrounds and schools of thought form a beautiful bond of friendship, affection, and mutual respect. Pratima Joshi brings out the differences as well as their camaraderie subtly and beautifully.

Sumitra Bhave

Both Kaasav and Astu – So Be It were award-winning dramas with a great star cast and an air of arthouse cinema around them. One of her latest outings, Welcome Home, is another beautiful story of a long-time married woman who decides to get a divorce. The movie comments on this situation from the points of view of a spectrum of characters – the family members.

Swapna Waghmare Joshi

She started with television with serials like Kutumb and Karishma Ka Karishma and then moved on to feature films. She gained a lot of popularity for her romantic feature film Mitwa. With Fugay, Tula Kalnaar Nahi, and Savita Damodar Pranajpe she effortlessly proved her mettle and versatility.

Samruddhi Porey

Porey’s directorial was a biopic of one of the most loved and revered social worker Prakash Amte and was titled Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero. Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni played the lead roles and the film was loved by both audiences and critics.

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