Balak Palak is the
only Marathi film in Darpan 2013 and deals with the sensitive subject of sex
education. Despite the boldness of the subject, the makers have sent
across their message in a comedy drama
format, bordering on satire, at times.
The story is about four
teenage friends whoover hear that a friend hasleft their colony, as she had brought “disgrace to
Having received unsatisfactory explanations
from their parents, the teens make it imperative to find out what exactly washer “disgraceful act”.
In this journey to discover, they end-up
bonding a little too much withtheir seniors
from school who inturn enlightens them by introducing them to bluefilms.
Balak-Palak (meaning Children-Parents) is directed by Ravi Jadhav and
produced by Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh,
The initials formed
by the title of the film (BP) also make a secondary reference to a 'blue
picture' or low-quality pornographic videos that were available on videotape
in the 1980s in South Asia.
The movie received
rave reviews and most experts agreed that it’s a “must watch for parents”. So
much so that Deshmukh plans to make a Hindi language remake of the film.
Balak Palak (Language - Marathi (Indian) with English subtitles;
Rating – PG13) will be screened on 7th Sep, 2pm at Arts House
Screening room, as part of the Indian Film festival - Darpan 2013.