Gandha (film)

Gandha (English: Fragrance) is a 2009 Marathi Indian film. The film is directed by Sachin Kundalkar and produced by Sandeep Kankariya under the banner Flashbulbs Ventures. The film blends three independent stories where the main characters of all stories go through experiences involving their sense of smell. The stories are written by Kundalkar and his mother Archana Kundalkar. Sachin Kuldalkar won Best Screenplay Award for the film at Pune International Film Festival.[1]

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Directed bySachin Kundalkar
Written byArchana Kundalkar (story)
Sachin Kundalkar (story, screenplay & dialogues)
Produced bySandeep Kankariya, Rajesh Goyal, Pritam Bhandari
StarringGirish Kulkarni
Amruta Subhash
Milind Soman
Sonali Kulkarni
Neena Kulkarni
CinematographyAmalendu Chowdhari
Edited byAbhijeet Deshpande
Music byShailendra Barve
Release date
  • 7 August 2009 (2009-08-07)
Running time
96 minutes

The film also won two national awards.

The film stars Girish Kulkarni and Amruta Subhash in the first story, Milind Soman and Sonali Kulkarni in the second story and Neena Kulkarni in the third story as lead actors.


Lagnaachya Vayachi Mulgi (English: A Bride To Be)

Veena is a young girl who works in a college and is now a bride to be. Her parents are looking for a suitable groom for her. But due to her dark complexion, she is not able to get any groom. Mangesh, an arts student from the college accidentally meets her and she starts loving the fragrance that he brings with himself. She hears a rumour from her colleague that Mangesh is alcoholic and hence is drowsy in his classes and comes with red-eyes. One day she follows him to his home and then learns that Mangesh works in an incense stick factory at night. This explains the fragrance he brings and his drowsy look. They both talk and fall in love and decide to get married.

Aushadh Ghenara Manus (English: A Man On Medicines)

Sarang is a HIV+ patient and lives on his medicines. His wife, Raavi, has abandoned him from one and half years just like his parents. One day Raavi comes to meet him to talk about their divorce. She is irritated by some disgusting smell that comes from the whole house. They both reminisce over the past and she has a thought of giving their marriage another chance. But the weird unknown smell keeps irritating her. Her irritation for the smell and Sarang's silence on how he turned out HIV+ turns her mad and she ransacks the whole house for the source of smell. She finally find a dead rat under the bed. Sarang then realizes that he has lost his sense of smell.

Baajoola Basleli Baai (English: A Woman Sitting Aside)

The story is based in a small village of Konkan when it is raining heavily. Janaki has her menstrual cycle and as per the practice in various societies in India, she is refrained from domestic activities in home for four days. Her sister-in-law goes into labour. Due to heavy rains, the baby needs to be delivered in their home. Janaki's mother-in-law is left alone to do all the work at home without Janaki's help. Janaki is continuously taunted by her mother-in-law for not having her own child till now. Janaki is worried about her husband who is stuck in another town due to rains. All she can do is worry and smell things from her room upstairs as she is not allowed to be involved in the home nor see the new born baby.


The film marks debut of model-turned-actor Soman in Marathi cinema.[2] Also, Jyoti Subhash, who is the real life mother of Amruta Subhash is seen playing this same role in film.[3]


Gandha won two National Film Awards at the 56th National Film Awards in the Best Screenplay and Best Audiography category. The award for Screenplay was given "for its remarkable integration of three different plots using the sense of smell at as a liet motif to focus sensitively on human relationships" and for Audiography "for its use of dramatically scripted sounds to heighten the mood of the film".[4][5]


  1. ^ Sonali Kulkarni. "Gandha Marathi". Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  2. ^ Pravda Godbole (30 August 2008). "Milind: Back to the roots". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  3. ^ Kharade, Pallavi. "We understand what's going on in each other's minds". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 28 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ "56th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  5. ^ "56th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 27 March 2012.

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