New Delhi, 2 nd April, 2022: ABP Studios’ co-produced Marathi film, Karkhanisanchi Waari
(Ashes on a Road Trip) has won the prestigious Marathi Filmfare Award for Best Picture.
Mangesh Joshi received the Best Director Award, and Geetanjali Kulkarni received the Best
Supporting Actor Female Award for the film.
This is an apt recognition of the splendid work that the dynamic team at ABP Studios is
capable of. The film was nominated in nine categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best
Supporting Actor (Amey Wagh), Best Supporting Actress (Geetanjali Kulkarni), Best
Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music Album, Best Background Score and Best
The film is a comical, touching drama of a dysfunctional ‘last united family of Pune,’ and it
takes a lighthearted look at mortality. The plot of the film is squeezed into a Maruti Omni on
a road trip from Pune to Pandharpur to fulfil the beloved family patriarch’s final wishes.
After gaining praise and admiration from international cinema critics, the film was
previously invited to renowned screenings in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Toronto,
Stuttgart, and London. At the Tokyo International Film Festival, it was named one of the top
five films. The film was also screened at the Indian Panorama section of the 51st
International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which took place in Goa on January 23rd, 2021.
Commenting on the film’s success, Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP Network, said, “This is no
doubt a huge accomplishment, but I also believe this is just the beginning for our ABP
Studios’ team. That this achievement is a precursor of bigger things to come is borne out by
the growth and scale that ABP Studios has been able to achieve in such a short span of time.
With Karkhanisanchi Waari they have achieved the goal of effectively capturing the
audiences’ imagination by sticking to their primary objective of providing stories from the
heart of India. The collective nominations across 9 different categories is a huge testament
to this achievement. I am extremely proud of the team and hope that they continue to raise
the bar with our upcoming projects.”
Also commenting on the magnificent success, Zufia Waris, Business Head, ABP Studios said,
“We are very humbled to receive the plaudits and recognition from Marathi Filmfare. It is a
great honor to receive this prestigious award for ABP Studios’ debut film. Our film
Karkhanisanchi Waari has the unique ability to attract audiences from across the globe,
whilst being inherently rooted in its storytelling. You would find yourself connected with
different members of the Karkhanis family because they would oddly be familiar to yours,
which in my opinion is what makes it universally liked whether someone is seeing it in
Tokyo or in the interiors of Maharashtra. At ABP studios, we are driven by our collective
desire to showcase stories that are truly Indian but have the power to travel across the