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Shwaas ( 2003 ) , Marathi

Synopsis: " Shwaas - With English Subtitles - Marathi Movie, released in 2004. The film was India's official entry to the 2004 Oscars and was ranked 6th in the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film category. Its storyline is based on real-life incident in Pune. A low-budget of Indian rupee 30���lakhs (3���million), Shwaas won the National Award for best film in 2004, nearly 50 years since a Marathi film - Shyamchi Aai last earned this title. Directed by debutant Sandeep Sawant, Starring: Arun Nalawade, Child Artist Ashwin Chitale, Sandeep Kulkarni, Amruta Subhash, Music by Bhaskar Chandavarkar, the film was shot in 30 days at Sindhudurg, Konkan, Pune and at KEM Hospital in Mumbai. The post-production took one and a half years to complete. Shwaas was acknowledged as a ""significant turn for Marathi cinema"" which had been going through a low patch. After the success of the film, it was also released in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages. Vichare, an old villager brings his 8 years old grandson, Parshuram to a doctor in Mumbai to diagnose Parshuram���s eyes. On the first day, Vichare is asked to sign usual papers before admission in hospital. Upon asking, he learns that the papers say that the doctor would not be responsible if anything goes wrong. Vichare, the rustic grandfather finds these terms unacceptable. Parshuram is suffering through a critical problem. Dr. Sane finds that the only way to save Parshuram���s life is to perform an operation that will leave the child blind. Doctor insists that Parshuram should be informed about the surgery before the operation. The film then depicts Vichare���s struggle to accept the reality that the only way to save his grandson is at the cost of his eyesight. Will Parshuram���s grandfather be able to make Parshuram realize about the critical situation in which he will be after the loss of his eyesight? "

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