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Deool (English: The Temple) is a 2011 Indian Marathi dark comedy directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni and produced by Abhijeet Gholap. The film stars Girish Kulkarni, Nana Patekar, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Sharvani Pillai, Sonali Kulkarni in lead roles. The film is about the effect of globalization on India's small towns and the terrible state of Indian villages, with a political backdrop.

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Directed byUmesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Produced byAbhijeet Gholap
Written byGirish Pandurang Kulkarni
Screenplay byGirish Pandurang Kulkarni
StarringNana Patekar
Dilip Prabhawalkar
Girish Kulkarni
Sonali Kulkarni
Sharvani Pillai
Music byMangesh Dhakde
CinematographySudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Edited byAbhijit Deshpande
Devisha Films
Release date
  • 10 October 2011 (2011-10-10)
(at Pusan International Film Festival, South Korea)
  • 4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
(in India)

Deool won the 59th National Film Awards for Best Feature Film,[1] Best Actor (Girish Kulkarni) and Best Dialogue (Girish Kulkarni).[2]

The film also marks the debut of veteran Hindi film actor Naseeruddin Shah in Marathi film industry.[3]



In the rural areas of Maharashtra lies a peaceful village called Mangrul. Keshya (Girish Kulkarni) , a simple villager youth, who works for Bhau (Nana Patekar) as a Cow stockman and takes one of Bhau's cow named as "KARDI", to one of the hills in the village where there is an Audomber tree present. KARDI a cow scraches her head over that tree and by which Lord Dattatreya makes a preseence and show his Avtar to keshya. Keshya by expericing God's Avtar he makes a hue and cry in the village saying God Dattatreya made an appearance for him.

Anna (Dillip Prabhavalkar) , most respected figure of Mangrul, advises him against announcing such personal matter as it's a question of faith. However , it is too late as a Journalist (kisho kadam) with the help of few other village youth who involved more into politics , sensationalizes the news about Lord Dattatrey making an appearance in Mangrul. There is now demand for a Dattatrey temple. Bhau doesn't approve it as he wants the funds to be used for better purposes , as Anna also has vision to build Hospital in the village. But since Bhau helpless looking at the village so demand , the temple is built. And slowly the village becomes a holy place. Mangrul goes through a 360 degree change due to commercialization but nobody is complaining except Anna. Soon, blinded by the commercial progress, God is forgotten. Every village has a right to progress commercially but how ethical it is to use a temple and it's good to achieve it?


Guest Appearance


Deool was scheduled to be released on 23 September 2011 but was later postponed to November.[4] It was shown in Busan International Film Festival, New York's South Asian International Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and MAMI in Mumbai,[5] and was released on 4 November 2011 nationwide.


Music of Deool was composed by Mangesh Dhakade and lyrics were penned by Swanand Kirkire, Sudhir Moghe.

Track listing
1."Deva Tula Shodhu Kutha" (Bhajan)Shahir Devanand Mali02:53
2."Welcome Ho Raya Welcome"Urmila Dhangar04:32
3."Phoda Datta Naam Taho"Swanand Kirkire05:19
4."Tu Jhop Tujha Datta Jaga Aahe"Swanand Kirkire02:47

Awards and recognitionEdit

Deool gathered positive reviews from critics on release. Daily News & Analysis (DNA) gave the film a 4 star rating out of 5 saying, "There’s too much going for Deool. It is an Indian language film to be proud of. For God’s sake, don’t miss it."[6]

The movie won maximum number of awards (3) at 59th National Film Awards in 2011.

National Film Awards
Citation: For its witty, satirical and penetrative account of the politics involved in the commercialization of religion in India. Through a wonderfully authentic depiction of village life, mentality and gesture, Deool has a social, religious and commercial sweep, even as it individualizes each of its characters and endows them with a language and space of their own. The film ironically shows the wholehearted acceptance of commodified and clamorous religiosity in a land plagued by all the serious problems the country faces today, and it does so with laughter that is only slightly tinged with cynicism.
Citation: For his role as Kesha, the good hearted village simpleton, who inadvertently sets tumultuous events in motion, is circumspect and tenderhearted. Shorn of histrionics, his performance depends largely on his face and eyes to convey the multitudinous emotions in his mind which he cannot utter. He is controlled yet ingenuous, moving towards the beginnings of an understanding of the world around him, a move that transforms itself unselfconsciously into a spiritual quest.
Citation: For its immensely varied and textured use of language that is both an authentic and an energetic reflection of the different sections of life shown in the film: the language of the village, of politicians, of the scholar and much else. His dialogues - robustly rustic yet influenced by urban vocabulary - is characteristic of the Indian scene today.


  1. ^ "Vidya Balan wins National Award for 'The Dirty Picture'". Times of India. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ "59th National Film Awards: Winners List". MSN entertainment. Retrieved 12 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Naseeruddin Shah makes Marathi film debut in Deool". bollywoodhungama. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Deool-release-date-postponed". maujmaja. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ "'Deool' heads for international fests". TOI. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  6. ^ Chettiar, Blessy. "Review: For god's sake, don't miss Deool". DNA India. Retrieved 5 November 2011.

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