Review | Marathi Film Jogwa | 'Jogwa' comes out strong against superstition

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Jogva Presenter: IDream Productions Pvt. Ltd
Shripal Morakhia
Director: Rajiv Patil
Screen Play: Sanjay Patil
Music: Ajay Atul
Cast: Upendra Limaye, Mukta Barve, Vinay Apte, Amita Khpkar, Kishor Kadam, Sharvari
Television and Cell phones have reached most of the villages in India. We talk about reforms but superstition still exits in many villages. The so called society, which treats the Jogtas and Jogtins as children of Goddess, go to the extent of exploiting them with inhuman treatment by branding them as Eunuchs and prostitutes. The latest marathi film ‘Jogwa’ goes on to show the naked truth in such a society in an effective manner. Director Rajiv Patil ( ‘Savarkhed Ek Gaon’ & ‘Sanai Choughade’fame ) takes up this burning issue, which still persists in few villages in India.
Upendra Limaye Mukta Barve Set on the backdrop of a village in Karnataka, where Goddess Yelamma’s strong influence leads to interpretation by some money minded people to exploit the villagers in the name of superstition. In fact, the influence of the Goddess is just a metaphor, to show how the villagers are made to believe in old rituals to cure from an ailment or minor disorder. In the case of young girl Suli( Mukta Barve) , her mother faces a knot while combing her daughter’s hair and considering it as a serious issue, Suli is taken to Akkubai( Amita Khopkar) who is an interpreter. With her team of Jogtins and Jogtas she forces the family to
offer their daughter to serve the Goddess. At the same time a youngster
– Tayappa( Upendra Limaye) is brought by his father( Vinay Apte) to the same place, as he has been passing blood through urine. Tayappa is forced to become a Jogta, much against his wish.

Soon Tayappa gets adapted to the lifestyle of Jogta and he sings in the name of the Goddess and earns for his living. Suli learns to dance to please the Goddess. She falls in love with a stranger, who comes to village for his earnings. She flirts with him; but when it comes to contract marriage to support her; he runs away. Tayappa loves Suli from his heart, but he cannot express his love. Finally, both the victims come together for common cause. They revolt against their society and the film conveys a clear message of fight against superstition.

‘Jogwa’ is well presented with superb photography, perfect locations, good editing work and well suited music score. The film has appropriate artistes placed at the right spot. There is also a teacher who is educating the villagers to stay away from wrong practices. “ I am not against worshipping the Goddess, but the interpretation of offerings to Goddess is wrong. The Government wants to rehabilitate all Jogtas and Jogtins, through reforms,” he pleads. His repeated appeal only helps two sensible youngsters to revolt against the existing practice. But, one fails to understand as to why the two lovers, don’t approach the teacher-cum-social worker to come out of the trap. Why they had to go and challenge their own people in the open? But, then, without melodrama, there cannot be a cinema.

In all, ‘Jogwa’ is a very sensible film and a worth watch for all those freedom loving youngsters living in city; so that they understand the plight of their counterparts living in villages , who are subjected to atrocities by their own people in the name of superstition. Both Upendra and Mukta have come out with wonderful performances. Their hot love scenes have been captured well. Among the other performers, Kishore Kadam, Vinay Apte and Shravani Pillay are impressive. Music by Ajay-Atul is good.

by Ulhas Shirke © MMW
Prasanna | Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:10 AM
On your comment ... Why they had to go and challenge their own people in the open? But, then, without melodrama, there cannot be a cinema. This is just to give the clear message that Jogtas & Jogtins who want to revolt, should first start it on their own. Your destiniy in your hand ... and of-course Govt will help.
Hanumant | Sat, Mar 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM
Thnx to all those bcoz of whom we can see the life of JOGTA & JOGTIN they r the real hero heroin of our society thnx to Rajiv Patil
Rupesh Pawar | Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 2:31 PM
This is a Very very Excellent Story
Jogwa movie is a very very excellent story and i like a very much a realistic story, Jogwa movie is a introduce to poor old convention and this is a very bad part of indian society
Yogita Ghosalkar Narkar | Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM
Jogwa Movie Song
Jiv rangla this song so good
Akshay Narkar | Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM
Jogwa Review
Jogwa is a very raw, rustic, realistic movie which is presented, acted in a fabulous manner. Such quality cinema has definitely raised the bar for Marathi cinemas now. Awesome work by the entire Jogwa team.
Pankaj Adsare | Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:50 PM
Movie was excellent with story but representation was too excellent. It really gives an shock of truth which follow behind iliteracy of peoples. Message from film is very streight forward to educated and uneducated peoples that do not spoil the life of anyone for such backward thinking.
 Priyadarsha Gore | Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 5:48 PM
A Must-Watch Movie
This movie has very strong story of small community in Maharashtra. Extremely well efforts to throw light on their horrible life
Devendra | Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 5:40 PM
Jogwa movie very nice
Jogwa movie mala farach aawadli. v tyatil upendra v mukta barvech kaam atishay manala lagnar aahe.....jogwa til bhumikebaddal upendra,mukta v kishor kadam yana "MANACHA MUJRA"
Pratham | Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 2:04 PM
Upendra was exellent. suit for the roal . iam in love with camera work exellent. exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent exellent
Akshay Bhosale | Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Awesome Movie
Namaskar........ khup uttam picture aahe saglayni pahila pahija......... i really loved the song..... "jiv rangla" the awesome song
Sathish Kumar Pundikai | Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM
Jogwa film comments
Film jogwa really super. main & co actors are completly used the good opportunity. all the best for jogwa team
Mahesh | Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM
Nice Film
Mala Jogwa movie khup awadli ha vishay itka ghambhir ahe ani to itka sunder pane mandla ahe tyabadal mi directorche khup abhar manto. Je koni lok saudati (Karnatak ) madhe Yalama devi kade gela asel tyala proper kalel ki ajun apan kiti andhvishwas thevato ani teseach dhakawale ahe mi tumhala salute karto
Siddharth Bhalerao | Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 2:57 PM
\'Jogva\'\' ha cinema ghatak rudhivar prahar karnyacha praytna .
Nilesh | Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 7:59 PM
About Jogwa
Jogwa is superb film &music is wonderful ajay-atul rocks
Sanjoo | Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 9:00 PM
Ha cinema oscar sathi jayala pahije hota parantu kahi lokani to pathawala nahi TINGYA sarkhich wat hyani yachi lawali.
Sagar | Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:57 PM
Darjedar Chitrapat
Jogawachi script kahi kadambarine prerit aslyamule atishay vajandar ahe. Tevdyach prabhavi digdarshan, screen play karnyacha preyatn vakhnya joga ahe. abhinay ani Sangeet apratim. Marathi Cinemala unchi denara chitrapat pahun samadhan vatte.
Amarjeet | Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 12:47 PM
Excellent Movie
I dont like movies usually, but coincidently i saw JOGVA and found excellent... awesome...MArathi chitrpat preminsathi ajun ek ....
Sidharth Bhalerao | Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 2:14 PM
The superb & wonderful cinema
Nandkumar | Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM
Sunder Chitrapat
Jogva atishay sunder chitrapat aahe. tyatil sarvach kalakaranche kaam changle aahe aani mahatvache mhanje ha chitrapat samajaat ajunahi vavarnarya andh rudhivar prakash takato.aasha aahe ha chitrapat pahilyanantar samajacha vaicharik drushtikon badlel.
Siddharth Bhalerao | Thu, Oct 15, 2009 at 12:09 PM
Satyata Dhakhavnara
Kalya kutt pashanavar hirval aannare waghyache prem.
Supriya | Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 4:55 AM
Must WATCH !
Everyone must go watch this movie!
Veena Deshpande | Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:10 PM
Very powerful cinema watched at plaza dadar excellent acting by mukta barve and upendra limaye my good wishes to all the pepole who are behind this film
Priya | Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 4:14 PM
I not seen the film but i read story. its too good Ilike it.
Daladhan | Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM
Garmin lokancha chukinchya samjutanar parkash takanar chitrpat, ajay atul cahngal music dily
Sushant Kamble | Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 12:51 PM
No Wonder it was the best camera word after dev-d. Have done good gob with camera, and backgroung music is also good, could have much better, I means avoidence of unwanted background music which actully distract. There some unwanted caracters which can be avoided. MUSIC , DIRECTION and CAMERA work no doubt about it, I have only seen in spanish and fench movies. But end could have been much more can be best classic movie. Actors no doubt..about there acting skilles, bold scence where handle by director awesomely...hope we get some more good movies like these. And for other producers and directors, plzz make these kind of movies, it will bring marathi cinema up.
Raghvedra | Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 10:08 PM
Awesome song..... composition by Ajay Atul is fantastic.
Roopam | Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 5:32 PM
Sunder direction and cinematography cha apratim example mhanje Jogwa....
Unmesh | Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 7:51 AM
Movie is good. i feel background score lil bit loud. but overall its good movie
Parag | Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM
Movie is Awesome....One of the Best Of the Marathi....Ajay - Atul has given Fabulous Music.
Sudhir | Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 1:08 PM
Sunder chitraptala galbot
Namaskar etka sunder cinema chhumban dakhaun satyanash kela sadar bhag vagalta aala tar bare nahi tar....
Supriya | Sat, Sept 2009 at 12:30 AM
Ajay Atul's Song
Superb Movie, I Special love the cinematorgraphy of film.. Ajay Atul's Song are mind blowing.. .really they have give one more hit music album for Marathi music lover.....