Kastoori - The Musk

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Many of us have heard story kastoori mrug in our schools. The story of musk deer who was running blindly without food and water to find musk which was within inside him but he didn’t realise that. Finally, deer died without realising the mush for which he was running is inside him. The pleasant smell of musk for which he was searching is secreting from his own body. Today we can find musk deers around us they are running blindly in search of musk in outer world and they always die without knowing the true musk which is hidden inside them.

But Vinod Kamble one of the alumni of our college who found his musk in Film Making and without wasting time he jumped into this field. His father, uncle and grandmother worked as sweepers under Barshi municipal council. While studying at school, He used to help his grandmother with her work. As she was growing old, He used to help in clearing garbage.

When he reached Class 10, his father asked him to quit school because it would be of no use when he took over his job. In fact, being too educated would impede him from following in his father’s footsteps. He had already started to feel guilty and ashamed of doing that work. The way people looked at him and addressed him, He could feel their judgment. And so, he decided to carry on with his studies and for the first time someone studied science in his family. He finished school and even went on to do engineering. He completed his degree education in Civil Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Karad in 2013.That really helped build back his lost confidence. Then he started to prepare for MPSC exams.

He became the first engineer from his family and thereby was naturally expected to be the breadwinner. While he was applying for jobs, Kamble once wrote down a script at the back of question paper during an exam in Pune. That’s when the realisation hit him. He felt that he was sitting in the wrong place. He knew that he had to get out of there and do something. That was the last exam he ever took, he said as he reminisced about the moment when it first dawned on him that what he really wanted was to be a filmmaker.

Fandry ends with its lead character hurling a stone at the camera. “That stone was directed at me,” Vinod sir said. “I felt that if Nagraj, a guy from an ordinary family, could become a director, so could I. I began looking for ways to become a filmmaker.”

Since childhood, He was interested in watching movies and wanted to make them some day. But he didn’t know how. He wanted so express his emotions and the reality of our society. He wanted to share his experience from films.

He was passionate about cinema even as a child. He watched movies tirelessly, sometimes even peeping into other people’s homes through the open window to watch something that was playing on TV. There was a scrap dealer in their area that his father used to sell some scrap to from time to time. Every once in a while, He would steal some of the junk that his father had about the house, old bottles and stuff, and just go to the scrap dealer and sell it to him. With the money he gave him he’d watch a movie at the theatre that was right opposite to his shop.

He spent his days as an engineering student watching films from all across the world. Among his most notable influences are Aadish Keluskar’s Kaul and Anurag Kashyap’s films that he felt drawn towards because of their realism. Kamble was an avid reader of the novels written by Annabhau Sathe, as well as books and speeches by Dr B.R. Ambedkar. But it was when he watched Nagraj Manjule’s Fandry, a stirring Marathi drama about caste-based discrimination, that he realised there were other voices like him telling their stories. Maybe it was time he did too.

“There’s this scene from the film 3 Idiots which has sort of stayed with me. Her friends have come to rescue Kareena Kapoor on her wedding day. As she stands ready to take the pheras and complete the wedding, she is told that there is a car waiting for her. If she gets in the car her life will take a completely different turn, and if she doesn’t, she will be stuck in that same life forever. That day in the exam hall, I could see the car in front of my eyes. I just decided to jump in,” He said. So, he quit his MPSC preparation and he came to his hometown. He joined drama company in in Solapur, where, in between fetching water and working backstage, he began to pick up the nuances of storytelling.

His decision was met with stark opposition from his family. “My father wanted to throw me out of the house,” He said. “He said the way a father feels desperate when his aged daughter doesn’t get married, he feels desperate about his son when he doesn’t get a job. That’s how he felt about me. I was a burden. And while I was a bit angry at them, I knew eventually they would embrace me and be proud of me.”

He made his 1st short film ‘GRAHAN’ in 2015.

This won BEST PROMOTION SHORT FILM 2016 in My Mumbai short film festival 2016, MUMBAI and his 2nd short film is ‘POST MOERTEM’ which is selected in DE CANNES FESTIVAL SHORT FILM CORNER FESTIVAL 2017. After creating such masterpieces, he created another masterpiece kastoori – The Musk .Kastoori (The Musk) was screened at the 21st Mumbai Film Festival on 21 October and at the Dharamshala International Film Festival on 8 November.

Kastoori is the story of boy who is engaged in manual scavenging, cleaning toilets and assists his father in performing autopsies to contribute to his family’s income even as he is forced to choose between education and work. He’s struggle to find musk to get rid of the odour that he believes he carries after burying unclaimed bodies or declogging toilets. Kastoori is the story of every child who can’t access education.

During the making of Kastoori, Vinod Kamble depended heavily on his personal experience as he decided to shoot in Barshi. We can say Kastoori is the story of Vinod Kamble.

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