ABP Studios’ co-produced Marathi film, ‘Karkhanisanchi Waari’ (Ashes on a Road Trip) has won the Marathi Filmfare Award for Best Picture. Apart from this, Mangesh Joshi received the Best Director Award, and Geetanjali Kulkarni received the Best Supporting Actor Female Award for the film.
The film was nominated in nine categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Amey Wagh), Best Supporting Actress (Geetanjali Kulkarni), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music Album, Best Background Score and Best Production Design.
The film is a comical, touching drama of a dysfunctional 'last united family of Pune,' and it takes a light-hearted look at mortality. The plot of the film is squeezed into a Maruti Omni on a road trip from Pune to Pandharpur to fulfil the beloved family patriarch's final wishes.
After gaining praise and admiration from international cinema critics, the film was previously invited to screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Toronto, Stuttgart, and London. At the Tokyo International Film Festival, it was named one of the top-five films. The film was also screened at the Indian Panorama section of the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which took place in Goa on January 23, 2021.
Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP Network, said, “This is no doubt a huge accomplishment, but I also believe this is just the beginning for our ABP Studios’ team. That this achievement is a precursor of bigger things to come is borne out by the growth and scale that ABP Studios has been able to achieve in such a short span of time. With ‘Karkhanisanchi Waari’ they have achieved the goal of effectively capturing the audiences' imagination by sticking to their primary objective of providing stories from the heart of India. The collective nominations across 9 different categories is a huge testament to this achievement. I am extremely proud of the team and hope that they continue to raise the bar with our upcoming projects.”
Zufia Waris, Business Head, ABP Studios, said, “We are very humbled to receive the plaudits and recognition from Marathi Filmfare. It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award for ABP Studios’ debut film. Our film ‘Karkhanisanchi Waari’ has the unique ability to attract audiences from across the globe, whilst being inherently rooted in its storytelling. You would find yourself connected with different members of the Karkhanis family because they would oddly be familiar to yours, which in my opinion is what makes it universally liked whether someone is seeing it in Tokyo or in the interiors of Maharashtra. At ABP studios, we are driven by our collective desire to showcase stories that are truly Indian but have the power to travel across the world.”