This is a story of a family comprising grandfather, Mahadu, his widowed daughter-in-law, Lakshmi and her young son, Shambhu. This family belongs to ‘Smashan Jogi’ community, who traditionally, assist people in carrying out the last rites of their loved ones and live near crematorium. Head of the family, Mahadu strongly believes in this traditional work of cremating people with age-old ritual and expects young Shambhu to carry on this tradition forward once he grows up, just like his late son did. However, Shambhu hates this traditional work of cremating people, instead, he is interested in donning a school uniform and attend a local school. But education is forbidden for Smashan Jogi community in this bigoted village where village head considers superstitious, religious beliefs above progressive human endeavors.

General Information

Original title: Palyad

Year: 2021

Run time: 132 minutes

Country of Production: India

Direction: Shailesh Bhimrao Dupare

Screenwrite: Sudarshan Khadangale

Cinematography: Mohar Mate

Cast: Shashank Shende, Devika Daftardar, Ruchit Ninawe, Devendra Dodke, Sayali Dethe, Vira Sathidar, Vira Sathidar

Language: V.O.S.E

Producer: Ravindra Wandhare


Family drama, ancestral traditions


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