Jitendra Joshi, Pratiksha Lonkar, Sharad Pokshe, Radhika Apte, Veena Jamkar, Smita Tambe, Vrushasen Dabholkar, Yatin Karyekar, Madhav Abhyankar, Vikas Patil, Sakhi Gokhale, Child Tukaram-Padmnabh Gaikwad
An Everest Entertainment Production
Directed: Chandrakant Kulkarni
Produced: Sanjay Chhabria
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Ajit Dalvi- Prashant Dalvi
Music: Ashok Patki, Avadhoot Gupte
Dop. Rajen Kothari
Art Direction: Eknath Kadam
Costumes: Purrnima Oak
Make Up: Vikram Gaikwad
Tukaram was born in 1608 in Dehu, a village near Pune in a family who were devoted followers of the deity Vitthal or Vithoba (a form of Lord Vishnu the Preserver in the Hindu Trinity). The family belonged to the Kunbi caste and they were moneylenders and traders by profession.
Tukaram had a very normal childhood. He is fascinated with Lord Vitthal who he says is his dear friend. He is a very innocent and generous kid and is not touchy to part with his toys or personal belongings with his friends. As he grows up he takes up the family responsibility as his elder brother is not interested in the material world and is drawn completely towards spiritual pursuits. When his first wife Rakhma is unable to bear a child, he bows to his family's wishes and marries Aavli. We see that Tuka is trying to become a good son and husband. But the arrival of a major famine destroys this beautiful picture. He loses both his parents, his sister-in-law (brother's wife) dies and his elder brother Savji leaves home. His first wife and son die too; during this hopeless atmosphere of a terrible three-year-long famine, Tukaram realizes that the perennial treasure of God's grace is far more valuable than.
He does not choose to quit his responsibilities and follow a solitary path. Instead, he feels it is more important to try and reduce the sorrows of the people around him. For him, being 'a good human being is as vital as being a good son, friend or husband. And while striving to be a good human being, he gradually turns in to a saint.
This film traces the journey of a common man to sainthood. It is a Journey that gives us immense confidence. This great saint-poet awakened the self esteem of the common people. He instilled in them the emotion that their lives were valuable too. He brought verve and confidence to a frustrated, depressed society. What better miracle could there be?
With English Subtitles
Audio: 5.1 surround / 2.0 Stereo sound
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