By Rohi Pandya
Winner of over 30 awards from film festivals around the world, the critically acclaimed motion picture 1000 RUPEE NOTE opens theatrically on September 23 in New York. Directed by Shrihari Sathe, the Maharashtra-set film about a widow who comes across a small fortune won both the Special Jury Award (Silver Peacock) and Centenary Award for Best Film at the International Film Festival of India. It also swept the Maharashtra State Film Awards winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Special Mention), and Best Supporting Actor. International critics have raved about 1000 RUPEE NOTE with the Times of India remarking “the director has struck gold with his first film!”
Budhi, a widow, lives in a small village in Maharashtra, India. Her only son, a young farmer, has committed suicide. Though poor and left alone in the world, she leads a cheerful life. She is particularly fond of her neighbor, young Sudama with whom she shares the small pleasures of life. A local politician gives her a few 1000 rupee notes at an election rally. She and Sudama go shopping to the nearby market with her newfound wealth, but fate has other plans for them.
Shrihari Sathe is a New York and Mumbai-based independent filmmaker and producer. Sathe produced Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love which world premiered at 2013 Sundance Film Festival and 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam to great reviews. He is a 2015 Independent Spirit Award nominee and is a 2013 Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. Sathe’s latest production Elisabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part world premiered at 2016 IFF Rotterdam. He recently finished post-production on Ed Blythe’s Man With Van (2011 Film Independent Producers Lab). Sathe teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America, Indian Motion Picture Producers Association and Film Writers Association – India. Directed by Shrihari Sathe, casts include: Usha Naik, Sandeep Pathak, Shrikant Yadav, Ganesh Yadav, and Pooja Najak. 1000 Rupee Note – Official Trailer is available at: https://youtu.be/3VBedDCBkC8