The Hyderabad Film Club is screening a Marathi film, 'Shyamchi Aai' ('Shyam's Mother') at Sarathi Studios on the 14th of March, at 6:30pm.
As is said in Marathi, 'Swami teenhi jagancha pan aayee vina bhikari.' (Loosely translated, it means: 'You may be the greatest of this universe but you are only a beggar without a mother'). These sentiments are echoed in 'Shyamchi Aai', a well-known work in Marathi literature by Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, better known as Sane Guruji. Sane Guruji (1899-1950), a Marathi author and social activist, wrote this book in 5 days while he was detained in jail for participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement. He was a sensitive man with a creative imagination and a prolific writer.
The plot revolves around a boy called Shyam and his relationship with his mother. It speaks about the effect Shyam's mother has had on his life and his upbringing, and how he is taught to stick to his ideals and principles even in the face of poverty. The film explores relationships between various members of Shyam's family.
Several generations of Maharashtrians have grown up with this book and the film based on the book that went on to win the first President's Gold Medal for the Best Feature Film. This recognition, which was later replaced by the National Award, was awarded to this film in 1954. The director was Acharya P K Atre, the music was composed by Vasant Desai, and the film starred Vanamala, Madhav Vaze, Umesh, Baburao Pendharkar and Sumati Gupte. Vanamala's characterization, as the mother, had a profound influence on maternal characters in Marathi cinema.
Entry to the film screening is free for members of the Hyderabad Film Club. Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy at 2373-0841 for further details.