At the 62nd Jio Filmfare awards 2017 held in the second week of January 2017, a 24-year-old youngster from Yavatmal, Prantik Deshmukh won the filmfare award for his 12-minute long Marathi non-fiction short film – Matitali Kushti. The film was produced by Department of Media and Communication Studies of Savitribai Phule University, Pune from where Prantik did his post graduation.
The movie which talks about traditional mud wrestling was shot in Chinchechi Talim (wrestling centre), Pune which is more than 200 years old. In the movie, Bhagwan Tambekar, a former mud wrestler and coach speaks about the difference between mud wrestling and mat wrestling, the struggle of traditional wrestlers against freestyle wrestling of modern times and also about importance of being connected to the soil.
The jury panel for the awards consisted of Vidya Balan, Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Shinde, Kabir Khan and Meghna Gulzar. The awards function is slated to be telecast on TV in the third week of February.