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Shwaas Marathi: श्वास, The Breath is a Marathi film, released in 2004 It 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 a 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, it was shot in 30 days at Sindhudurg, Konkan, Pune and at KEM Hospital in Mumbai The post-production took one and half years to complete Shwaas was acknowledged as a "significant turn for Marathi cinema" which had been going through a low patch After its success, it was released in Hindi, Bengali and Tamil languages


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Plot
  • 4 Reviews
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 Bid for Oscar award
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Vishwanath Nayak, one of the eight producers, a chartered accountant for Arun Nalawade, a Marathi stage actor, suggested him to make a film Later, Arun came across a story by writer Madhavi Gharpure, published in the Diwali edition of a magazine and thought that it would make a wonderful film storyline The distribution plan for Shwaas was in place before production began In the initial stages, it was taken to as many villages as the team could manage; marriage halls, school auditoriums and makeshift venues were all used for screening All this despite the fact that Shwaas has no songs, heroes, heroines or recognizable stars of Marathi film industry


  • Ashwin Chitale Parashuram Vichare, the child suffering from retinal cancer
  • Arun Nalawade grandfather of Parashuram who takes him to Mumbai
  • Sandeep Kulkarni Dr Milind Sane who operates on Parashuram
  • Amruta Subhash medical social worker named Asawari who helps grandfather, child and doctor to understand each other
  • Ganesh Manjrekar Divakar: Parashuram's uncle who accompanies child and grandfather to Mumbai
  • Ashwini Giri Parashuram's mother who stays in the village
  • Vibhavari Deshpande as receptionist


A villager Vichare brings his 8-year-old grandson Parshuraam also known as Parshya to a doctor in Pune to diagnose the child's eyes They are accompanied by Parshya's maternal uncle Diwakar On the first day Vichare is asked to sign the usual papers before admission in hospital Upon asking, he learns that the papers say the doctor would not be responsible if anything goes wrong Vichare, the rustic grandfather finds these terms unacceptable A medical social worker, Aasawari, quickly comes in and explains the practice to Vichare She calms him down and accompanies them during the first appointment with the doctor Dr Sane quickly diagnoses child as a victim of retinoblastoma — a rare retinal cancer After consulting with other colleagues in US and UK doctor finds that only way to save child's life is to perform an operation that will leave the child blind As per rule, doctor explains this and insists child be informed of this before surgery He cannot be operated without this knowledge as it was against ethics Aasawari Amruta Subhash who helps the doctor in convincing the grandfather and the grandson, tries to keep track of Vichare and persuades him not fall prey to other doctors promising false medicines She tries to befriend Parshya to explain him what is going to happen However, she finds it is too difficult to explain to him that he will turn blind

The film then depicts the grandfather's struggle to accept the reality that the only way to save his grandson is at the cost of his eyesight He tries to come to terms with the situation and his personal agony is shown in scenes, like taking second opinion, explaining his grandson the reality and his desire to show him everything possible before his grandson loses his eyesight For some reason, the surgery has to be postponed by a day That afternoon, grandfather and grandson disappear from the hospital ward and a frantic search follows Confronted by an angry surgeon on their return, the grandfather states quite simply that he wanted to show Parshya the sights of the city for one last time

Shwaas has been applauded for scenes which depict the difficulty faced by the doctors to explain to grandfather and Parshya that nothing can be done and the truth is but inevitable It shows the medical fraternity in a very positive light, with the doctors and nurses being extremely supportive and doing the best they can, and helping the village with the best facilities The last shot where Parshya returns home wearing dark glasses, waving to his family and friends from the boat was widely appreciated by film critics


This Indian melodrama about a young boy with retinal cancer whose only chance for survival is an operation that will leave him blind is unstintingly sentimental and a bit tedious, but it also has a winning simplicity and some touching moments The story is a kind that American audiences are accustomed to finding on basic cable television, and there is something strange and oddly gratifyng about seeing it rendered with the luster and grandeur of CinemaScope

— A O Scott, The New York Times

The film received 40% positive ratings at Rotten Tomatoes


The film received numerous awards at national and state levels Shwaas won the Maharashtra State Film Award and then India's highest National Film Award, bringing the coveted Golden Lotus to Marathi cinema for the first time since 1954 Ashwin Chitale won the best child artist award

  • 2003: National Film Award for Best Feature Film
  • 2003: National Film Award for Best Child Artist - Ashwin Chitale

Bid for Oscar award

Shwaas was India's official entry to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 77th Academy Awards the Oscar awards, 2004 The team faced financial problems to showcase and promote their film at the Oscars People from all classes came forward with contributions A school in Jogeshwari organized its children to make lamps and sell them and made a contribution of Rs 30,000 Another group of students cleaned cars to collect some money A division of standard 10 students in Nasik collected Rs 10 each and their teacher added some more to donate Rs 1001 A Marathi theatre group that performs the Marathi play Yada Kadachit collected around Rs 65,000

They approached multinationals and corporate biggies to get sponsorships Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar held an auction to help raise funds Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan donated INR 1 lakh 100,000 for the Shwaas' Oscar bid Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple installed a drop box for people to donate for Shwaas promotion at Oscars The government of Goa contributed INR 21 lakh 21 million Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports India committed Rs 50,000 and the Government of Maharashtra had given Rs 15 lakh 15 million towards the fund Even political parties like Shiv Sena helped in the promotion

The Shwaas' team was director Sandeep Sawant, marketing manager Anil Bastawade, costume designer and Sawant’s wife Neeraja Patwardhan; they tried to attract Maharashtrian people in the USA before the Oscars They addressed a crowd of 12,000 members of the Maharashtra Vishwa Parishad in New Jersey while attending the Diwali celebrations in Manhattan Shwaas was screened 14 times in the USA during the pre-Oscar bid The team took a three-hour drive to Atlantic City to meet Maharashtra Mandals for their support However, the movie failed at the Oscar and was ranked 6th


  1. ^ "How India's regional cinema is breaking boundaries - Forbes India" 
  2. ^ "How India's regional cinema is breaking boundaries - Forbes India" 
  3. ^ a b Pawar, Leela 29 September 2004 "Shwaas: A must watch!" rediffcom/movies rediffcom Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  4. ^ Pendse, Sanjay 26 October 2004 "Politicians leave Shwaas breathless" The Times of India Retrieved 12 June 2008 
  5. ^ "Marathi movie "Shwaas" in Hindi" http://bollywood-buzzcom 29 April 2008 Archived from the original on 15 September 2008 Retrieved 5 June 2008  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list help; External link in |publisher= help
  6. ^ a b c "Shwaas aims for an Oscar" tribuneindiacom 14 November 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  7. ^ "Production plans" hinduonnetcom Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  8. ^ "moview review" webindia123com Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  9. ^ Scott, A O "Review" NYT Retrieved 12 June 2008 
  10. ^ "Rating" Rotten Tomatoes Retrieved 16 December 2008 
  11. ^ "Cash-strapped and Oscar-bound" http://timesofindiaindiatimescom 5 October 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008  External link in |publisher= help
  12. ^ PINGLAY, PRACHI 15–28 January 2005 "Beyond applause" Frontline hinduonnetcom Retrieved 12 June 2008 
  13. ^ a b "Sachin promises to raise funds for 'Shwaas' through auction" CricketZone Bureau cricketzonecom 13 November 2004 Archived from the original on 15 November 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  14. ^ "Bachchan donates Rs 1,00,000" The Press Trust of India Ltd The Press Trust of India Ltd 25 November 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  15. ^ "Divine help for 'Shwaas' on Oscar road" Times of India 17 October 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  16. ^ "'Shwaas' producer gets a cheque" timesofindia 21 December 2004 Archived from the original on 3 January 2013 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  17. ^ "Sena chief hits out at cricketer's gesture" Newsline 12 November 2004 Retrieved 5 June 2008 
  18. ^ Suhasini, Lalitha 21 November 2004 "Maharashtrians across America to go Jai Shwaas" expressindiacom Retrieved 12 June 2008 
  19. ^ "Shwaas fails at Oscars" The Press Trust of India Ltd The Press Trust of India Ltd 25 January 2005 Retrieved 5 June 2008 

External links

  • Shwaas on IMDb
  • Shwaas at Yahoo! Movies
  • Review on Rediff
  • Shwaas' Oscar walk!

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