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Panjab University Department relaunches 70-mm club with screening of Mohan Agashe’s film Asthu

Agashe was at the university for the screening of his critically acclaimed film, Asthu (So Be It), to relaunch the 70-mm Club of SCS, which will now screen meaningful and quality films from across the world every week.

Written by Parul | Chandigarh |
August 13, 2016 5:46:11 am
mohan agashe, dr mohan agashe, mohan agashe panjab university, panjab university students interact with mohan agashe, panjab news, punjab news Actor and psychiatrist Dr Mohan Agashe during an interactive session on with the students of communication studies department in Panjab University on Friday. (Express photo by Sahil Walia)

Actor Mohan Agashe, who was invited to deliver a lecture at the School of Communication Studies (SCS) in Panjab University, chose to share his experience that took the students to the many pathways of learning and feeling on Friday.

“When it comes to performing skills, all senses come to fore, while in reading, writing only the cerebral comes into play,” he said.
Involving the students in the context of his absorbing discussion, the theatre and film actor and psychiatrist spoke of the power of sounds and images, which appeal to a large audience.

Agashe was at the university for the screening of his critically acclaimed film, Asthu (So Be It), to relaunch the 70-mm Club of SCS, which will now screen meaningful and quality films from across the world every week.

A recipient of the Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Agashe has produced the film, which has been screened at festivals across the world and has also won several awards.

“The idea to show the film on campuses is to make the education sector realise how we under-rate films as a source of education. Only the medium of print is considered as a means of education, while cinema is still seen only as a medium of entertainment. After my retirement from the Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health, I have been in the process of changing my profession, trying to smuggle education through cinema,” said Agashe, who plays the central character in the film.

The movie is based on a story of a retired director of an oriental research institute (played by Agashe), who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s and goes missing while travelling with his daughter.

Agashe talked about how when we watch a film, we carry so much information with us, and in our sub-conscious there are so many feelings and thoughts. “From theatre and cinema, I learnt how sub-text is more important than the text, and the language of image and sound has more alphabets than any other language. We need to understand and accept and not only think and analyse, only then can we attempt a change,” said Agashe, who feels films on mental health, social issues, can break many barriers, and help us reach out to many.

The effort of Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar, Agashe said he was impressed with the idea of the film, and turned producer by default, as he put money to complete the film.

“I didn’t want it to be in the cans, like many other brilliant films. Independent film-makers are like poor farmers, and distributors are the zamindars, so I stepped in to give the effort its due, and am happy with the response and appreciation the film has received,” said Agashe, who along with his team is doing sponsored screenings of the film at varied venues.

Depression and attempted suicides, said Agashe are on an alarming rise in the age group of 15 to 29, and the need of the hour, he feels is to guide the young through the jungle of information.

The cycle of life will go on, he said, and not much changes in our inner self, only the expression of how we feel is transforme.
“So, I have dared to make another film Kasav (Turtle), which touches upon depression and the many layers of life,” he said.

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