India | 2016 | 103 mins | Marathi | Actor Attending
Set in Pune, Maharashtra, Lathe Joshi tells the tale of a skilled lathe worker whose identity begins to slip away when his boss closes down his loss-making workshop. At home, Joshi is faced with a wife who is busy expanding her catering business, a son who runs an electronic repair shop from their personal premises and a mother who pledges to complete 500,000 chants using a mass-produced electronic mantra machine. Refusing to engage with a changing world of globalisation and automated production, he passively watches on as artisans such as himself fade into history.
Mangesh Joshi became a filmmaker after completing his engineering studies in Pune. He has made several documentaries and shorts, and worked with National Award-winning directors Sanjay Surkar, Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. His first work as a feature screenwriter and director was the Bhojpuri-language He (2011), co-written with Iranian philosophy student Reza Nikbakhat. Contemplating Lathe Joshi’s central themes, Mangesh says, “People have often related automation with humans getting out of work. But I don’t find being jobless is the only issue. Job for a job is not a solution for a person who is skilled and pursued his profession with devotion. For a skilled worker his job is what art to an artist is. And it cannot be replaced with just any activity which keeps his hands busy.”