‘Zenda’ is a 2010 blockbuster Marathi film produced and directed by Avdhoot Gupte that completes 10 years to its release. Avadhoot Gupte and Chinmay Mandlekar can’t hold back their excitement as they share the milestone on their social media account.
Director Avadhoot writes, “काल ‘झेंडा‘ ला दहा वर्ष पूर्ण झाली.. जे ‘झेंडा‘ नं दिलं ते अमूल्य आहे!! मित्र दिले.. शत्रु दिले.. आसु दिले.. हसू दिले.. अनुभव दिला.. शिक्षण दिलं.. नाव दिलं.. लौकिक दिला... तेव्हा एक उज्ज्वल भविष्याकाळ दिला..आता एक संस्मरणीय भूतकाळ देतोय... ‘झेंडा‘ फडकला..‘झेंडा‘ फडकतोय..‘झेंडा‘ फडकत राहील!! #zenda #marathimovie #marathifilm #nostalgia #10years”. He is nostalgic as this film has given him a great deal of experience, people and maturity as a filmmaker.
Chinmay Mandlekar too was touched by this memory because this film was pivotal in making him a better actor and an established personality in the industry. He writes, “10 Years of the film that made us all. #Zenda. @avadhoot_gupte I can never thank you enough.”
The film starring Pushkar Shrotri, Rajesh Shrungarpure, Santosh Juvekar in lead roles, depicts the journey of four political underdogs who push through the after-effects of a party rift. The story is inspired by the real-life feud between Raj Thackeray, chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and his cousin, Uddhav Thackeray, Executive President of Shiv Sena and current Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Avadhoot Gupte who is a singer and music director has directed the film but has also composed timeless tracks for the film. The team of the film faced protests by Swabhiman organization headed by Nitesh Rane, son of then Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, for showing his father in a poor light in the film.
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