Original Name: Sthal
English Name: A Match
Run Time: 104 Min
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Director: Jayant Digambar Somalkar
Producer: Shefali Bhushan, Karan Grover, Riga Malhotra, Jayant Digambar Somalkar
Cast: Nandini Chikte, Taranath Khiratakar, Sangita Sonekar, Suyog Dhawas, Sandip Somalkar, Sandip Parkhi, Swati Ulmale, Gauri Badki, Mansi Pawar
Screenplay: Jayant Digambar Somalkar
Cinematographer: Manoj Karmakar
Editor: Abhijit Deshpande
Sound Designer: Sanjay Chaturvedi
Music Composer: Madhav Agarwal
Production Company: Dhun
Born in a village in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, Jayant Digambar Somalkar is an engineering graduate, but his creative bent of mind made him veer towards filmmaking. His debut short film, Class (2016), showed at many film festivals and won many awards. He has cowritten and co-directed the critically acclaimed Amazon Prime Video Original Series Guilty Minds. A Match marks the director's debut feature, showcasing his talent for storytelling and commitment to presenting social issues in an authentic and compassionate manner. The film had its World Premiere at the 48th Toronto IFF and received the prestigious NETPAC award for the best Asian film.
In a village in the Vidarbha region of India, a determined young girl, Savita, yearns for education and a brighter future. However, as her farmer parents anxiously struggle to find a suitable match for her, societal expectations place immense pressure on her to prioritize marriage over personal aspirations. Being dark-complexioned and short in height, Savita is seen as an added 'burden' on her parents and 'marrying her off', as difficult as finding fair price for their crop. Facing countless rejections from potential suitors, she must navigate a world where the pursuit of marriage overshadows the very sustenance of life. The dark tradition of arranged marriages in rural India and the rooted system of patriarchy, colourism and social evil in society is seen through the eyes of young girl.