Munjya [2024] Movie – Bollywood

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Munjya, an eagerly anticipated Indian Hindi-language supernatural comedy horror film, is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Amar Kaushik under the Maddock Films banner. This film is the fourth installment in the Maddock Supernatural Universe, starring Sharvari, Mona Singh, Abhay Verma, and Sathyaraj. Inspired by Indian folklore and mythology, the film explores the legend of Munjya. It is set to hit theaters on 7 June 2024.

Cast and Characters

  • Sharvari: A contemporary woman determined to pursue her dreams.
  • Abhay Verma as Bittu
  • Mona Singh: In a pivotal role
  • Sathyaraj: In a key supporting role
  • Suhas Joshi: Adding depth to the narrative
  • Rasika Vengurlekar: Featured prominently in the teaser

Production Insights

Folklore and Inspiration

In an interview with Mid-Day, Bhatt discussed the four traditional stages of life in Hinduism: Brahmacharya (student life), Gṛhastha (householder life), Vanaprastha (retirement), and Sannyasa (renunciation). He elaborated on the Upanayan ceremony, called Munjya in Marathi, which signifies the start of the student phase, and the Sod Munja ceremony, marking the transition to householder life. If a man dies before marriage after his Munjya ceremony but before his Sod Munja, he becomes a Munjya spirit. These spirits are believed to haunt peepal trees or wells. The fear of encountering Munjya spirits, especially after dark, is heightened by the fact that peepal trees emit high levels of carbon dioxide at night. Munjya spirits are depicted as childlike yet monstrous, causing mischief such as throwing stones and fulfilling their unfulfilled desires, particularly related to marriage.

Development and Research

The tale of Munjya was brought to Maddock Films by Yogesh Chandekar. Bhatt and Kaushik dedicated three years to developing the storyline, conducting thorough research in the Dapoli and Ganpatipule regions, where legends of Munjya spirits are prevalent. The film marks a milestone as the first CGI film in the Maddock Supernatural Universe featuring an animated character. Directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, Munjya explores this captivating folklore. The teaser was released on 21 May 2024, followed by the trailer on 24 May 2024.

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Casting Details

Sharvari and Abhay Verma lead the ensemble cast. Sharvari’s role is that of a modern woman whose ambition and experiences, especially in dating, make her a relatable character. Mona Singh and Sathyaraj also play significant roles, supported by Suhas Joshi. Marathi actress Rasika Vengurlekar, seen in the teaser, adds further depth to the film.

Filming Locations

The movie was shot in the picturesque Konkan region, which adds an authentic touch to the film’s setting.

Release Information

Munjya is scheduled to be released in theaters on 7 June 2024, promising to offer a unique blend of comedy and horror rooted in Indian mythology.

Music and Soundtrack

The film’s music and score are composed by the renowned duo Sachin-Jigar, with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The soundtrack includes:

  1. “Taras” – Sung by Jasmine Sandlas and Sachin-Jigar (3:09)
  2. “Tainu Khabar Nahi” – Sung by Arijit Singh and Sachin-Jigar (3:08)

Munjya promises to be a refreshing cinematic experience, blending supernatural elements with humor, all while drawing deeply from Indian folklore and mythology. This film is poised to captivate audiences with its unique storyline and engaging characters this summer.

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