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Original Name: Valli
English Name: Valli
Year: 2023
Run Time: 143 Minutes
Language: Marathi
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: India
Director: Manoj Shinde
Producer: Manoj Shinde
Cast: Deva Gadekar, Varsha Sunil Ajit, Akshay Kakade
Screenplay: Manoj Shinde
Cinematographer: Suniel Kumar, Saurabh Meshram
Editor: Ajinkya Jumale
Sound Designer: Ajinkya Jumale
Music Composer: Deva Gadekar
Production Company: Spacetime Entertainment
World Sales: Manoj Shinde


  • Singapore IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2017 Ballet of Drought (Short)
  • 2019 Medicine Lamp
  • 2021 Paav Bhaji (Short)

Director’s Biography:

Manoj Shinde

Manoj Shinde is a Marathi filmmaker who made his debut short film Ballet of Drought in 2017. His debut feature was Medicine Lamp (2019). He made short Paav Bhaji in 2021 and Valli (2023) is his second feature film.


As a forced disciple of a Jogta-an outward female form possessing a male-body person, it took Valli a decade to learn that his true masculine self has been trapped in the garb of his highly marginalised and exploited Jogta custom. During this, Vali suffered several physical assaults, social mockery, and public persecution. He finally abandons his Jogta custom and escapes with Tara, living an equally miserable life. Only to get engulfed by the new realities of urban life.