Canada premiere of movie about Konkani identity ‘Osmitay’ on October 7

Gerry D’Mello

Daijiworld Media Network - Toronto

Toronto, Sep 25: The Mangaloean Association of Canada (MAC) under the dynamic leadership of Maxim D’Mello the President and Vijay Dante the Vice-President is all set to premiere the first-ever show in North America the much-awaited Konkani movie ‘Osmitay’ which explores the Konkani identity to be held at the renowned Central Parkway Cinemas in Mississauga, Canada on October 7 at 6.00 pm.

Osmitay movie features Ashwin D'Costa and Wencita Dias in the lead roles. The movie is directed by Vilas Ratnakar Kshatriya and produced by Louis J Pinto under the Mandd Sobhann Productions banner.

The story of Osmitay is penned by Eric Ozario with Joel Pereira as the screenplay writer and co-director. The music is composed by Eric Ozario, Allwyn Fernandes, Cajetan Dias, and Joel Pereira. Editing is skilfully done by Joel Pereira, while the visuals have been beautifully captured by Balraj Gowda.

The movie also stars Sandeep Malani, Dennis Monteiro, Stany Alvares, Prince Jacob, Sai Panandikar from Goa, Gowrish Vernekar, Lulu Fortes, Eric Ozario, Roy Castelino, Harry Correa, Nellu Permanur, Naveen Lobo, Arun Noronha, Mishal Fernandes and Flavia.
Osmitay showcases the visual splendor of Konkani's rich folk heritage along with a love story. It serves as an ideal study material about the origin and identity of Konkani and also offers a more realistic portrayal of the community and its culture. This movie definitely promises to be a cinematic treat for the audience.

Speaking to Daijiworld Toronto MAC VP Vijay Dante said, “Producing and making a film is like undergoing the pain of labour. I congratulate the entire Mandd Sobhann team for their efforts in making the film. I invite all Konkani-speaking Mangaloreans and Goans in the community to gather together and witness the birth of a cinematic masterpiece that will touch every heart deeply. Brace yourselves for an enchanting tale brought to life on the silver screen, as "Osmitay" transports you to the mesmerizing landscapes of Konkan. Let the captivating storyline, melodious music, and brilliant performances take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. This is an invitation to celebrate the rich heritage of our beloved Konkani language and culture. Immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions and feel the pulse of Mangalorean and Goan lifestyles pulsating through every frame. Further, he is said to be among the first to experience this extraordinary cinematic gem that proudly represents our community's artistic prowess. Bring your friends and family along, as we create memories that will last a lifetime."

The premiere show of Osmitay was held on September 10 at Big Cinemas in various parts of India, which saw an overwhelming response from the audience. Osmitay will be released in UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Israel, Germany, Australia, Ireland and the USA in the coming days.



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  • mohan prabhu, LL.D. QC, mangalore/canada

    Tue, Sep 26 2023

    Thank you, Judith Pinto and David Pais. While my Konkanki is good even after not writing or speaking it since leaving Mangalore 77 years ago, my Kannada is not as good and although I still remember a few lines of Mahabharata from my Kannada professor Pandit Krishna Bhat and the story of Paschatapa from another pandit Balakrishna Bhat, that was in high school 1945-46 !!! But I do remember the script. Thank you again.

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    The movie is nothing but a few school level skits put together with a poor storyline. If it was produced as a documentaey it would have been good.

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  • Ronald, Mississauga

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    Looking forward to watching this movie.

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    Is OSMITAY a Konkani word, or a derivative? Does the title of the Movie mean anything? Curious to know as I have not heard that word before and, naturally, it is not in the vocabuulary of my Konkani book (published two years ago).

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  • Juby Pinto, Bejai

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    hi Mohan, Osmitay means Identity. It is similar to the word Asmitha in Hindi.. though the word is not spoken very frequently in common use, I remember reading in literature books.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    In Kannada script it is ಅಸ್ಮಿತಾಯ್ which means identity.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 25 2023

    After a longtime, Konkani speaking people are witnessing a film of their mother tongue. In it are various eminent artists, eminent actors, and the movie is running successfully in almost every taluk theaters. Tomorrow I am going to see the film 2nd time.

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