Despite difficulties in finding producers and distributors, Mohan Agashe's Marathi movie Kaasav (Turtle), is set to release on October 6. The movie, which deals with the topic of depression and anxiety, had won the Golden Lotus award for the best feature film at the 64th National Film Awards.
Kaasav was made on a budget of Rs. 1.5 crore. The idea for the movie was conceived in 2015, it was shot in 2016 and was ready by September last year. The makers, however, had to wait for eight months to find a distributor. Marathi movies in the past have seen a resurgence with movies such as the Priyanka Chopra-produced Ventilator, Ritesh Deshmukh-starrer Lai Bhari and Nagraj Manjule's Sairat, doing exceptionally good at the box-office. Despite the success of Marathi movies, Kaasav's troubles with distribution seem odd. Citing the topic of "parallel cinema", Agashe, the producer of the film, told The Indian Express the need for identifying and developing theaters that can screen films which were not necessarily “pure entertainers”.
Directors of Kaasav, Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar, have confessed to the difficulties in finding a producer for the movie as it deals with topics such as depression and anxiety. However, they are hopeful that the movie will strike a chord with the youth. “I hope our youngsters come out in large numbers to see the film especially as anxiety levels have gone up in our society. October 10 is World Mental Health Day and depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work,” Bhave told the Indian Express.
Apart from the Golden Lotus award, Kaasav was the fficial selection for the international film festival of Bengaluru (January 2017), New York Indian Film Festival (April 2017), Mumbai (MAMI, October 2016), Kolkata (November 2016), and Thiruvananthapuram (December 2016).