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A Thing of Magic (2019)[edit | edit source]

A Thing of Magic [1] is a Marathi feature-film - written, directed and produced by debutante director Nithin Anil, an independent filmmaker from Kerala. It is slated to have its World Premiere in the India Story section at the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star 2019, alongside films such as Axone, Aamis etc.[2]

The entire film's cast consisted of first-time and non-professional actors, who were all residents of the village of Arale - a nonedescript village in Satara, Maharashtra - the village where the story is set in. All the actors were found from the village. Most of them were not by predetermined choice. They were approached, found, and brought to the set by knocking on doors on the day a particular scene was to be shot. Around a hundred people from the village acted in the film. [3]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Gundu Kaakka is a struggling harmonium player, who​ ​aspires to join a local drama troupe. One day, after​ ​watching a 3D movie, he presents a pair of 3D glasses to​ his​ sisters​,​ Pradnya and Pratheeksha. He tells them​ ​that the glasses ​give only him some magical powers. Though they initially refuse to believe him, an event soon​ ​raises the sisters'​ ​curiosity. ​The determined sisters​ set on a path to find out the truth about​ ​the glasses, ​along which tiny stories of the little village start to​ unfold​.​ [4][5]

Production Story[edit | edit source]

The Audition Story[edit | edit source]

They turned a house in the village into a makeshift audition camp. Auditions for the children’s roles were conducted in pairs. Over a hundred prospective actors turned up. A hypothetical situation was given to pairs of children. One of the pair was asked to confront the other and ask him/her about a pencil that was lent to the latter a long time ago. The latter was to counter and argue that he/she had already returned it, even though it had actually been lost. Another hypothetical situation involved two children fighting over a bottle in the classroom. When the bottle slips and breaks, both the children were to push the blame on each other. The children’s performances turned out to be amazingly spontaneous. [6]

The Casting Story[edit | edit source]

The entire film's cast were first-time actors and residents of the village where the story is set. Most of the actors were not by predetermined choice. They were approached, found, and brought to the set by knocking on doors on the day a particular scene was to be shot. Around a hundred people acted in the film. Most of the villagers had no idea about the process of film-making. [7] [8]

Festival Selections[edit | edit source]

21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival[edit | edit source]

Mumbai Film Festival (mumbaifilmfestival.com) is an International film festival held in Mumbai each year. Organized by MAMI, the festival previews new films of all genres from around the world with a range of Competitions and Showcase categories.

The 20th edition of the film festival was held from 25th October 2018 to 1st November 2018. The 21st edition of the festival is scheduled to be held on 17th October 2019. [9][10]

External Links[edit | edit source]


  1. A Thing Of Magic, retrieved 2019-09-21
  2. Correspondent, Our. "MAMI 2019: Axone, Sindhustan announced as India Story selections". Cinestaan. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  3. sreekumar, priya (2019-09-19). "It takes a village to make magic". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. "Mumbai Film Festival 2019 announces the India Story lineup with thirteen films. And registrations are open too! Find out all about them". filmtribe.in. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  5. "It takes a village to make magic - Asian Age". Dailyhunt. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  6. News, mediaeye mediaeyenews themediaeye,Mediaeyenews-India News,Breaking News, Latest News, Politics News, Sports News, Business News ,Current News Headlines , National and International. "Language No Barrier for Filmmaking, First Time Movie Makers From Kerala Show the Way". www.mediaeyenews.com. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  7. sreekumar, priya (2019-09-19). "It takes a village to make magic". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  8. "എ തിങ് ഓഫ് മാജിക്". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  9. "Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image", Wikipedia, 2019-07-26, retrieved 2019-09-21
  10. "Mumbai Academy of Moving Image - Site". www.mumbaifilmfestival.com. Retrieved 2019-09-21.

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