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Producers: Sayaji Shinde, Makrand Anaspure, Nagesh Bhosle, Laxmikant Khabiya, Suresh Suvarna
Director: Nagesh Bhosale; Writers: Sham Petkar, Arvind Jagtap
Stars: Sayaji Shinde, Makrand Anaspure

Goshta Choti Dongraevadhi
Nagesh Bhosale's second attempt at direction after the success of Gallit Gondhal Dillit Mujara, is a commendable effort.
Nandu is a farmer in a village in Karajgaon. He has a family comprising a wife, a young son whose school fees he cannot afford, an unmarried sister for whose marriage he has no money and an ailing mother whose medical expenses he cannot bear. He has to mortgage his pet cows to buy fertilisers for his field. Above all this, there is no rain and his crop goes waste. His only solace and support is his childhood friend Rajaram Pawar. After obtaining a degree in agriculture, Rajaram returns to his village dejected as he does not get a decent job in the city and decides to take up farming like his late father.

Rajaram and Nandu both apply for bank loans. While Rajaram's loan gets sanctioned, Nandu's application is rejected as he already has a loan to be repaid. Depressed, Nandu consumes pesticide and dies in Rajaram's arms. Many young farmers follow suit. Rajaram now decides to take matters in his hands. He visits Mantralaya and meets Agriculture Minister Vishnupant Bhosale and earns his confidence when he tells him that he has discovered oil in his field. The wily minister willingly accompanies him to his village. He travels like a common man in a state transport bus, walks miles to reach the village and sleeps on a cot with proper sheets without a fan as there is no electricity supply in the village. There is no water supply to the fields. The corrupt shopkeepers do not sell fertilisers to the farmers. Rajaram then takes the minister to Nandu's house and he is shocked to see Nandu's sister branded as a prostitute and the entire family is living in fear and misery. The Minister now realises the hardships that the farmers are facing and decides to take up the cudgels for them. Meanwhile, Rajaram is arrested on charges of kidnapping the minister.

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