ગાંધી કથા ગીતો (Gandhi Katha Songs) Gujarati 00 Vaishnava Jan To.mp3; 01 Satya Ek Chintan.mp3; 02 Mandee Me To Manana Umang Keri Lhanee.mp3. Prem Panth Cast: Aliraza Namdar, Mehul Buch, Pravin Nayak, Prashant Barot, Master Deep Pathak, Jitendra Sumra Sharmili Raj, Devyani Thakar.
Toilet Ek Prem Katha, editor Shree Narayan Singh’s directorial debut, starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, went on floors last Sunday. The film, which will have Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan as a major part of its story, is similar to director Krishnadev Yagnik’s tentatively titled Gujarati film Narayandas Pay And Use. Also Read - Proud son-in-law Akshay Kumar posts a handwritten note of Tenet director Christopher Nolan for Dimple Kapadia
Similar love stories
Both films revolve around the pay-and-use toilet scheme and the importance of stopping open defecation in cities and towns. Both the films are love stories where the man who runs the P&U toilet falls in love with a girl living in the slums, who comes to use the toilet and eventually how they end up getting married. Both films also talk about the wave of social change sweeping across India. There’s one difference — Akshay’s character has been changed to a slightly older man than the young boy in Narayandas Pay And Use. The picture which Akshay tweeted last Sunday was post his marriage to Bhumi during the climax. Also Read - Veteran actor Shivkumar Verma battling for his life; CINTAA implores Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Salman Khan for aid
‘Too big for me’
Do the plots sound similar? Yagnik certainly thinks so. He says, “I had heard while I was making Days Of Taafree that Akshay Kumar was doing a film with the same concept and the characters were similar, too. But I can’t fight the people who are making that film. They are too big for me. And to be fair, I have never narrated the story to any of the people connected to Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Also, maybe just the concept is the same — the story is different. It’s a director’s vision and it all depends how he spins his story.” Also Read - Ram Setu: Akshay Kumar's fantasy-adventure film to be shot in Ayodhya — read deets
Yagnik tells us that he had written the script of NPAU five years ago. “I had written it during my struggling days as a director five years ago and met many producers to narrate the concept. I had wanted to make NPAU, but then I got a break with Taafree and I started that. I heard another film with a similar story was being made, but chalta hai... Aisa hota hai kabhi kabhi... I can’t blame them. Also, my film will be in Gujarati meant for different audiences.”
A black comedy
Yagnik’s film rolls from January next year in Ahmedabad. Yagnik adds, “It is a love story where the boy Trilok, who collects the money from the people using the pay-and-use toilet, falls in love with a jhopdi mein rehni wali ladki, who cleans and sweeps houses, and the conflicts revolving around their love story. It’s a black comedy where eventually they get married.”
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If you have been curious about Gujarati films, the lockdown is the ideal time to get started. Here’s a list of 10 Gujarati movies, from National Award winners to family dramas.
1) Hellaro (MX Player)
Hellaro, directed by Abhishek Shah, won the 66th National Award for Best Feature Film. Based in a village in Gujarat, the movie tells the story of a group of women who break the shackles of patriarchy.
2) Wrong Side Raju (Netflix)
Bankrolled by Phantom Films, Wrong Side Raju, inspired by a hit-and-run case, is a thriller directed by Mikhil Musale, who recently helmed the Rajkummar Rao-starrer Made In China in Hindi. Wrong Turn Raju won the 65th National Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati.
3) Reva (MX Player, Amazon Prime Video)
Reva, based on the Gujarati novel Tatvamasi, is about how an unexpected situation can prompt a spiritual journey within. The film has been lauded for its storytelling and music.
4) Love Ni Bhavai (Netflix)
This 2017 romantic drama is directed by Sandeep Patel. The love triangle holds your interest throughout the film.
5) Shubh Aarambh (Netflix)
Shubh Aarambh is all about the changing dynamics of marriage and what makes a relationship stronger. This film stars Harsh Chhaya and Prachee Shah in the lead roles.
6) Kem Chho (Amazon Prime Video)
Directed by Vipul Sharma, Kem Chho is a comedy-drama about the weight of expectations on a middle-class man and his struggles to balance responsibilities.
7) Karsandas Pay & Use (ZEE5)
The premise for the film, directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, is similar to Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. A romantic comedy, the story is more Gujarat-centric and entertains even as it touches upon topics like sanitation and the class system.
8) Dhunki (Amazon Prime Video)
Directed by Anish Shah, Dhunki tells the story of a man who wants to leave his white-collar job and turn entrepreneur to follow his passion for cooking. His wife, however, is strongly against him leaving a white-collar job for something as “menial as a tiffin service”.
9) Thai Jashe! (Amazon Prime Video)
Nirav Barot directorial Thai Jashe!, starring Manoj Joshi, Malhar Thakar and Monal Gajjar, is a coming-of-age film where a reckless but driven man finally realises his true calling, as he sets about his dream of buying a home in Ahmedabad. It’s an inspirational story of coping with challenges life throws at you.
10) Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay (ZEE5)
Pappa Tamne Nahi Samjaay, directed by Dharmesh Mehta, is a lighthearted film starring Manoj Joshi, Ketki Dave, Johnny Lever and others. The story explores the evolving relationship between a father and son, and how millennials get embarrassed with their parents because of the generation gap.
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