Original Name: Shyamchi Aai
English Name: Shyam’s Mother
Run Time: 140 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Black and White
Director: Sujay Sunil Dahake
Producer: Amruta Arun Rao
Cast: Gauri Deshpande, Om Bhutkar, Sharva Gadgil, Mayur More, Sandeep Pathak, Sarang Sathaye
Screenplay: Sunil Sukthankar
Cinematographer: Vijay Mishra
Editor: Mahanteshwar Bhosage
Sound Designer: Kunal Lolsure
Music Composer: Saket Kanetkar, Aabha Soumitra
Production Company: Pune Film Company Pvt. Ltd.
Sujay Dahake is a practicing filmmaker known for his creative storytelling and innovative approach to cinema. Sujay did his Masters in Film Semiotics from Mumbai University. He later pursued another Masters in Filmmaking from the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, the Philippines. His directorial debut, Shala (2012), catapulted him into the limelight, earning him the Silver Lotus Medal at the 59th National Film Awards for Best Marathi Film and Best Screenplay. He also won awards from festivals such as the New York Indian FF and the Stuttgart Indian FF. If not filming, Sujay is seen stone sculpting or farming as his other interests.
It's 1932. The evening prayers in the jail are over. The British march is heard in the distance. The jail inmates sit in a circle, their eyes fixed on Pandurang Sadashiv Sane (34), fondly called 'Sane Guruji', who has promised them a story as sweet as lemon syrup. And so he begins... While on some evenings he tells them of his boyhood days, surrounded by the abundant beauty of the Konkan Region, on others he recalls growing up poor, embarrassed by the state of his family's affairs. But at the heart of each story is his 'aai' (Mother) - her words and lessons. He reminisces of the day his mother showed the importance of honesty and the time she went hungry just so her children could eat a full meal. Narrated from the prison, Shyamchi Aai is a story of Shyam and Aai, a mother with an unbreakable spirit.