There was a time when devotional films or films which talked about one’s belief in God were made very frequently. That does not happen anymore. If you start thinking which was the last devotional film that was made in India, there are chances that you would be struggling to remember the name. Maa Santoshi Maa, a devotional film featuring an ensemble cast of Bhagyashree, Alok Nath, Navin Nischol, and Mehar Mittal among others was a film that released a couple of years back and received a lot of love from the audience.
Talking about why the need for such films is more than ever today, director Jatin Kumar says, “Maa Santoshi Maa, apart from being a devotional film, was a film about family values. Unfortunately, I think the value system is depleting in Indian society today. People ar forgetting their roots, their culture and blindly following the western values and methods propagated by the western world. We are not heading in the right direction.”
Producer Ashissh Saraf shares similar views on the subject.
“Cinema has a huge reach and thus, if we make good, positive films it will have a good impact on society. My parents were the producers of Maa Santoshi Maa and I was very young when that film released but I still remember the impact the film had on the audience. The phone at the office was always ringing and people kept calling us to tell how the film had a life-altering impact on them. Going forward, I will definitely produce more such films under my banner Mrinank Films,” says Ashissh.
Maa Santoshi Maa released in the year 2003 and completes 17 years of its release this year. The film was produced by Ashissh Filmcraft which had been recently rechristened as Mrinank Films.