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Thursday, October 22, 2009

National award presented to Sharad Goyekar

President Pratibha Patil (L) presents the Best Indian Child Actor award to Sharad Goyekar for his role in the Marathi film Tingya at the 55th National Film Awards Function in New Delhi on October 21, 2009. President Patil presented the awards for best feature film, actors and director of national cinema.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tarannum still Uncovered

After one and half years Tingya released, Sharad Goyekar still making Tingya alive in awards ceremonies. National award winner getting all praises from all over India for his great achievement. Everyone is now curious about this ‘Small town wonder’. All the news channel & other media giving him hype he deserves. But all in this process we are forgetting about one cute little girl Tarannum Pathan who played Rasheeda (Tingya’s friend in movie). A 13 years old, studying in 8th standard is still uncovered to public who done brilliant acting with Sharad Goyekar in movie Tingya. As we know Tingya is central character on which film is based and played by Sharad Goyekar. So, it may be natural we remember Sharad in this movie. But on contrary we should not forget about outstanding performance by Tarannum. Sharad was selected to play character of Tingya from 1200 boys in audition; Tarannum also was selected from 900 girls.
On interview with her she looked positive, Tarannum said “I want to be an actress & I will take more efforts for it”. She looked more positive, but a bit amazed with injustice with her. Now she is hoping for getting recognition from audience & making gold of next opportunities to come.
Tarannum is not recognized by media for her role. I hope she will get covered by media & get recognized by people as well….

Monday, September 14, 2009

Tingya – an experience to behold - Passionforcinema

By Dr. Mandar V. Bichu

Tingya belongs to that rare category of films, which not only touches your heart but also stirs your soul deep within! Watching this film is realizing how little do we know or care for the lives of millions of poor and underprivileged Indian farmers and their families.

After being rejected by 40 producers, (some of whom wanted item songs and celebrity names to spruce up the film!), writer-director Mangesh Hadawale finally succeeded in convincing producer Ravi Rai to finance his Marathi film- venture. In just Rs. 27 lacs ( a price even less than a glitzy music video- production!), he made a film that has already won many awards, narrowly missed being India’s Oscar-entry (losing to TZP) and is certain to be accorded the status of a classic in years to come!

Tingya is a tale of a poor farmer’s 7- year old son Tingya (Sharad Goekar) and his unique bond with the family’s pet bullock – Chitangya. Injured in an accident, the bullock becomes useless for the farming work. The harrowed, debt-ridden farmer now faces the dilemma of buying a new bullock for the harvesting season. The only way he can raise money for that purpose is to sell Chitangya to the slaughterhouse. The boy – so deeply attached to his animal friend – is shattered by his father’s decision. Praying to the Gods, requesting to the Godmen, running to the vet – Tingya tries everything in his capacity to save his pet bullock from the butcher’s knife. His best friend and neighbour- Rashida tries her best to help him in his endeavor. Repeatedly Tingya just asks one question, “If you don’t send the sick people to slaughterhouse, then why send sick animals there?” Does he get his answer? Is he able to save his dear Chitangya?

Mangesh Hadwale’s story was apparently based on his own experiences and the reality shows in every frame of the film. Sharad Goekar’s Tingya and Sunil Deo’s Karbhari (Tingya’s father) leave their mark with their intense heartfelt portrayals. But then almost every significant character in this film is memorable!Tingya’s innocent impetuosity, his father’s helplessness, his mother’s resilience, his brother’s indifference, Rashida’s unquestioning friendship, her grandmother’s unconditional love – every emotion, every feeling comes through so spontaneously and naturally, without ever becoming melodramatic. The camera-work superbly brings to life the inner Maharashtra’s beautiful terrains and captures in detail, the farmers’ simple yet complex lives. Even the single repetitive theme-song – ‘Maaza Zulaa’ perfectly echoes the region’s ethos. Such is the magic of this film that Shyam Benegal was moved to call it ‘Poem’!

The film’s greatest strength is its ability to transcend the tale it tells. Tingya just doesn’t remain a story of a young child’s desperate bid to save his pet. It becomes a tragedy of lives having no control of over their destinies. It shows us how humanity and compassion come second best to poverty and the need for survival. At the same time, it also shows that the circle of life moves on despite all the difficulties and hardships!

Films like Tingya make us uneasy. Suddenly our cushy air-conditioned New World lives centered round a rat-race of promotions and bank-balances; week-end parties and Bollywood gossips seem so meaningless. It shows us an old and tired world out there that still revolves round a day-to-day struggle to just live and let live! There bare-footed children walk for miles to go to school; tired housewives plow in the fields and penniless farmers take their own lives!

`Tingya` star Sharad Goyekar: Namad to National Award winner - Zee News

Mumbai: From growing up in hilly forests to starring in the acclaimed film `Tingya` to topping at one of Maharashtra`s best educational institutes, 11-year-old National Award winning actor Sharad Goyekar`s has been a life-changing journey.

Sharad`s transformation from a rustic lad who was born and brought up in Rajuri village, around 100 km from Pune, is like a fairytale.

Hailing from a nomadic gypsy tribe, the Goyekar family lives in a hamlet of around 30-35 shanties, nearly four kilometres from Rajuri, along with their three horses, around 150 goats and sheep and a few hens.

"The place is infested with leopards, snakes, scorpions and other wild creatures. Sharad grew in their midst, grazing the flock in thick forests," said Mangesh Hadawale, the proud director of the film.

"Tingya", for which Sharad won the National Award for best child actor this week, is a semi-autobiographical film penned by 29-year-old Hadawale who ventured into direction with the multiple award-winning movie.

Released in 2007, "Tingya" is the story of a seven-year-old boy who unsuccessfully tries to save his injured and handicapped bull from the butcher`s knife to pay off the family`s debts. After the bull is slaughtered to save the family, a cow gives birth to a female calf; Tingya treats him as a bull and life goes on...

The realistic and touching film has bagged nearly four dozen national and international awards.

"In fact, when his name was sounded for the first major award in Pune two years ago, we had to send two people to the jungles to search for him. After many hours, they found him grazing his flock. With great difficulty, we convinced him to go on stage to receive the award," Hadawale told reporters.

A leading academic family of Pune that was present at the function was so moved by Sharad`s life story that it immediately offered to `adopt` him and provide him with a good life.

Prakash and Priya Patil, who run the reputed Sinhagad group of educational institutions in and around Pune, finally managed to convince Sharad`s shocked parents - Yeshwant and Yamuna - to `loan` their younger son to them.

"Initially, Sharad was defiant and tried to run away to his parents. He had lived freely in the forests with animals and a handful of friends, moving from place to place. So, this city life was a different world for the simple boy," Priya Patil told IANS.

Gradually, with a lot of love, patience and counselling, they made him stay there, but he preferred to watch television all day, a gadget he had never seen before.

Worried about his future, the Patils, whose son Rohit, 25, studies engineering in the US, decided to admit Sharad to a leading residential public school near Pune.

It was the Sinhagad Springdale Residential Public School at Wadgaon-Budruk, on the outskirts of the city, offering a CBSE syllabus in English medium.

Until then, Sharad had barely completed primary education in a rural Marathi school which he bunked five days each week to play in the forests with his animals.

"We had watched the movie `Tingya` and when I met the child, I felt he had a great potential. So, for the first time, we admitted a Marathi-medium student in the Class 5, CBSE English medium," said the school principal Sunny Mathew.

Not willing to stake its reputation, the school management deployed an army of teachers, counsellors and experts to help Sharad pick up and progress.

"He did remarkably well, given his background. For a child who didn`t know the English alphabet, he ended up scoring 70 percent in Class 5, this year (in Class 6), he topped the school in Sanskrit which he has taken as an optional subject. I am truly proud of this boy," beamed Mathew.

Both Priya Patil and Mathew said Sharad has adjusted extremely well to the rigours of urban life and the boarding school where students from a higher strata of society study - the minimum annual fee is Rs.125,000 per student.

"In fact, Sharad is considered an idol among the students, and he now converses in reasonably good English with everybody. We made it compulsory for all to communicate with him only in English," Mathew said.

Even though the child`s future is secure, his parents continue their simple, nomadic existence outside Rajuri village.

"We have been promised a piece of land to build a permanent home and settle down here by the village authorities, but it has still not come," said Yeshwant Goyekar, Sharad`s father, sitting outside his shanty made of rags and covered with plastic to protect it from the ongoing monsoon.

The only modern technology he uses is the mobile phone, which Hadawale said is more common than proper roads or toilets in the remote parts of the state.

Hadawale said it was sad that despite Sharad bagging the National Award and so many other honours for his performance, the state government had not taken any note of him - unlike the Mumbai slum children who acted in the Oscar-winning movie, "Slumdog Millionaire."

However, Priya Patil said she and her family would strive to provide Tingya - that`s how everybody calls Sharad now - with a good life, the best of education and a promising future.