Release date20 August 2002 (2002-08-20)
(at Mumbai International Film Festival) Based onChaitra
by G. A. Kulkarni
Chaitra short film by kranti kanade
Chaitra is a short film by Kranti Kanade based on author G.A. Kulkarni's story of the same name. Kranti selected this story for his thesis short film towards completion of his degree in Direction from Film and Television Institute of India. The film went on to win three National Film Awards in 2002.
The story of a proud woman, her poetic vindication of unfair social insult, and her inevitable sad destiny. A very culture-specific film dipped in a local festival of rural women.
Sonali Kulkarni as Mother
Abhishek Bhave as Madhu
Lalan Sarang as Naik Kaku
Vandana Vakhnis as Naik baai
Dhiresh Joshi as Father
Bhakti Pathare as Rakhma
Uttara Kulkarni as Shweta
Shripad Amte as Mama
The film was shot in Alandi village near Pune and the post-production done at FTII. Being a student film, director did not have enough budget but Sonali Kulkarni and Lalan Sarang agreed to do the film without remuneration. Music director Bhaskar Chandavarkar not only composed music for the film without taking any remuneration but he also paid for the musicians himself. Cinematographer Mahesh Muthuswami contributed an amount towards the production and so did the sound designer Subir Das.
Awards and recognition
Chaitra won three National Film Awards in 2002.
National Film Award for Best Short Fiction Film
National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction (Bhaskar Chandavarkar)
National Film Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Non-Feature Film) (Sonali Kulkarni)
At the Mumbai International Film Festival 2002 it won National Critics’ Award and Best Short - Silver. That year, it was India's official entry to the Student Academy Awards.
The film was also included in a DVD titled "Master Strokes", a compilation of works of twenty renowned FTII students.