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Ventilator is a 2016 Marathi comedy-drama starring Ashutosh Gowariker, Jitendra Joshi, Sulbha Arya, and Sukanya Kulkarni. The movie was written and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and produced by Priyanka Chopra and Madhu Chopra.

The movie is about how the Kamerkar family's Ganesh Chaturthi festival might be affected as the elder Gajanan falls into a coma. His nephew, Raja, a noted film director, visits the hospital. Amidst the family's varied concerns and personal issues, past misunderstandings about Gajanan surface, leading to much-needed reconciliation. Despite his critical condition, Gajanan displays a hopeful smile by the end.

The movie was released on 4th November 2016 in the Marathi language. The movie received a positive response in the theatres and collected ₹25 Crores at a budget of ₹3.5 Crores. Apart from its box office success the movie also won various awards like National Film Awards, Filmfare Marathi Awards, etc.

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Ventilator movie poster


Movie name




Directed by

Rajesh Mapuskar

Written by

Rajesh Mapuskar


Ashutosh Gowariker, Jitendra Joshi, Sulbha Arya, Sukanya Kulkarni.


Savita Singh

Edited by

Rameshwar S. Bhagat

Music by

Rohan Gokhale, Rohan Rohan


Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Madhu Chopra

Production Company

Purple Pebble Pictures

Distributed by

Zee Studios

Release date

4 November 2016

Running Time

130 minutes





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The movie Ventilator revolves around the Kamerkar family, whose annual Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are threatened when the respected elder, Gajanan, falls into a coma and is placed on life support. This news reaches his nephew, Raja, a renowned Bollywood director, during a film screening.

The family, bewailing Gajanan's condition, also frets about the fate of their festival if he passes away. The members converge at the hospital, each with their concerns and personal issues. Among them Prasanna, Gajanan's son, who has always felt neglected by his father in favor of his sister Sarika and his cousin Raja.

Simultaneously, Raja has to handle his estrangement from his own father. Amid the chaos, the arrival of cousin Lata from the USA with a family tree drawing sparks revelations about past misunderstandings, particularly around Gajanan's relationship with his son, Prasanna. It is revealed that contrary to Prasanna's beliefs, Gajanan loved him deeply and had faced hardships for his sake.

Having learned about his father's love for him, Prasanna decides to stay at the hospital and requests the doctor to keep his father on the ventilator longer. This family bonding cultivates a shift in the hospital's atmosphere and prompts Raja to mend ties with his own father. In the end, the still-ventilated Gajanan, manages to smile, leaving a hopeful ending.


The ventilator is all set to be released on 4 November 2016. The movie was later released on the OTT platform Zee5. 


ventilator movie scene

Ventilator is a vibrant and heartwarming cinematic treat that beautifully captures the boundless dynamics of a joint family. A roster of diverse characters, from a beloved uncle to a rebel son, creates a rich palette of personalities that every viewer can relate to. Alike the 2016 National Award-winning Marathi film it's adapted from, this film is equally creative and commendable.

The exceptional directorship of Umang Vyas and the creative guard of Rajesh Mapuskar ensures the film weaves a seamless narrative despite featuring over 30 characters. The essence of a true Gujarati family is depicted exceptionally, both in the bustling city of Ahmedabad and the serene hamlet of Chorvad.

The film glows with merits in screenwriting and lyrics courtesy of Niren Bhatt, whose Gujarati-fied blueprint imparts the movie an authentic local touch. Parth Bharat Thakkar's splendid renditions amplify the tale's emotional resonance.

When it comes to performances, it's hard to miss the brilliance of the cast. Jackie Shroff's debut in Gujarati cinema is memorable, his star power further elevating the film's charm. Pratik Gandhi delivers another noteworthy performance that enriches his well-regarded career.

The ensemble cast comprises talent of high order. Utkarsh Mazmudar, Sucheeta Trivedi, Mehul Buch, and Tejal Vyas, deliver impeccable performances, enhancing the movie's vitality. Sanjay Goradia continues to amuse spectators with his knack for comedy, while Manan Desai, Ojas Rawal, Prem Gadhavi, and Deep Vaidya provide fun moments. Jayesh More's distinct character portrayal and cameos by Juhi Chawla and Malhar Thakar are added delights.

The production value is remarkable, with careful attention to detail that enhances the overall storytelling. The movie's pace is well-maintained, shifting smoothly between humorous and emotional turns.

The ventilator is replete with humour and heartfelt emotion. Its blend of wit and sentiment makes for a truly uplifting cinematic experience, likely to appeal to viewers of all ages who appreciate family-centric narratives. Whether you love comedy or relish an emotionally engaging story, Ventilator has got you covered. Highly recommend!

Critic Reviews

Name Rating Description
Prachi Pinglay-Plumber (Outlook) 3 out of 4 Prized the open ending, noting that the premise lends itself beautifully to chaos, comedy, and dollops of emotion.
Gulshankumar Wankar (Hindustan Times) 3.5 out of 5 Called the film "a delightful, well-written family drama" where the director "successfully conveys his message about a father-son bond without going over the top."
Rachit Gupta (Filmfare) 4 out of 5 Described the film as an "achievement" in handling extended ensemble casts and human emotions with flawless impact. Dubbed it one of the most honest and emotional films of the year.
Kunal Guha (Mumbai Mirror) 3.5 out of 5 Praised director, Rajesh Mapuskar, for his careful handling of the film and examination of the unexpressed emotions in relationships.
Hemant Waje (Rediff.com) 3.5 out of 5 Called the film a "refreshing family drama", appreciations levelled towards how each character was uniquely introduced and allowed expression.
R. M. Vijayakar (India-West) 4 out of 5 Appreciated the film for its subtle satirical elements and emotional impact. Commended on the director's control over his script.
Mihir Bhanage (The Times of India) 4 out of 5 Termed the film a must-watch. Described it as a beautiful journey of relationships, emotions, misunderstandings, and priorities common to many families.
ABP Majha 4 out of 5 Appreciated for the film's direction, writing, casting, music, and sound design.
A critic from Indo-Asian News Service 3.5 out of 5 Termed the film as a "heartwarming saga" and pointed out that it challenged the long-standing notions of the joint family system.


Platform Rating
Tring Ratings 4.5/5
IMDB Ratings 8.2/10
Google Audience Rating Summary 4.8/5
Rotten Tomatoes 100%


Actor Name Character Name About
Ashutosh Gowariker Raja Kamerkar Ashutosh Gowariker is a renowned Indian film director, actor, writer, and producer, known for making films on historical dramas. He made his acting and direction debut with the film Pehla Nasha in 1993. He is widely recognized for his works like Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), and Jodhaa Akbar (2008).
Jitendra Joshi Prasanna Kamerkar Jitendra Joshi is a versatile Indian actor known for his work in both Bollywood and Marathi Cinema. Joshi made his silver screen debut in 2004 with the film 'Gaarud'. He is widely recognized for his roles in movies like Dombivali Fast, Mumbai Meri Jaan, and the Marathi show Sacred Games.
Sulbha Arya Manda (Prasanna's mother) Sulbha Arya is an experienced Indian actress who has appeared in a number of Bollywood films and TV shows. She debuted in the film industry with Bekhudi in 1992. Her notable works that secured her position in the industry include 'Kal Ho Naa Ho', 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and the TV serial 'Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi'.
Sukanya Kulkarni Sarika (Prasanna's sister)

Sukanya is a celebrated Indian Marathi and Hindi film, television, and stage actress. Her debut was in the film Ghayaal in 1985 and is best known for her roles in 'Kahe Diya Pardes' TV series and Marathi film 'Devki'.

Viju Khote Shirish Appa Viju Khote was a veteran Indian actor, who was an integral part of Bollywood for around five decades. He made his big-screen debut with the film 'Ya Malak' in 1964. His roles in cult classics like 'Sholay' (as Kaalia) and 'Andaz Apna Apna' (as Robert) are among his most recognized works.
Sanjiv Shah Ashwin Sanjiv Shah marked his debut in the film Kagaar in 2003. He is known for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.
Nilesh Divekar Sai Nilesh Divekar is primarily active in Marathi cinema, known for films such as Bakula Namdeo Ghotale and Family Katta.
Kirti Adarkar Lata Kirti Adarkar is a popular Marathi actress, known for her performance in Well Done Bhalya.
Tanvi Abhyankar Rucha Tanvi Abhyankar is a renowned actress in Marathi cinema. She has various significant performances, debut details are not widely available.
Rahul Solapurkar Nandan Rahul Solapurkar is a highly respected actor in the Indian film industry, best known for his work in Samantar.
Shashank Shende Politician Zantey Shashank Shende is An experienced actor in the Marathi and Hindi film industries. His debut film was Hazaron Khwaishein Aisi, and he is known for his role in Killa.
Achyut Potdar Bhau's younger brother Achyut Potdaris an Indian actor who has appeared in approximately 125 Hindi films, made his debut in 1982 with the film Bazaar. He's best known for roles in movies like 3 idiots and Gadar.
Usha Nadkarni Akka Usha Nadkarni is A well-known actress in Marathi Cinema and television, best known for her role in the TV show Pavitra Rishta.
Nikhil Ratnaparkhi Pritam Nikhil Ratnaparkhi is an actor known for Allah Ke Bande, Harud and Ghoomketu.
Swati Chitnis Indu Swati Chitnis is an experienced actress in Marathi cinema and television, best known for her role in Lajja.
Satish Alekar Bhau (Raja's father) Satish Alekar is An acclaimed Marathi theatre actor, playwright, and director, recognised for his Marathi play Mahanirvan.
Deepak Shirke Aatma Dhadke Deepak Shirke is an Indian film actor known for his roles in Hindi and Marathi Cinema. Famous for his villainous roles in movies like Baaghi and Sangdil Sanam.
Sumedh Mudgalkar Karan Sumedh Mudgalkar is best known for his role as Lord Krishna in the TV show RadhaKrishn.
Abhijeet Chavan Ajit Abhijeet Chavan is an actor known for his role in the Marathi film industry, particularly in Timepass and Zenda.
Gautam Berde Doctor Gautam Berde is a noted Marathi actor, famous for his work in Ashi Hi Banwa Banwi.
Vijay Nikam Subhash Kaka Vijay Nikam is an actor known for his performances in Mumbai Meri Jaan and Traffic Signal.
Purnima Ahire Raja's Maid Purnima Ahire is an actress who has worked in popular movies like Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 and Well Done Baby.
Boman Irani Dr. Shroff Boman Irani is a widely respected actor in Indian cinema best known for his roles in Bollywood films such as Munnabhai M.B.B.S., 3 Idiots and PK.
Rohan Mapuskar Jr. Doctor Rohan Mapuskar is  an actor and casting director known for his work in 3 Idiots and Ferrari Ki Sawaari.
Prabhakar More Village Priest Prabhakar More is an actor, known for Hirkani and Kaasav: Turtle.
Jayant Gadekar Gurav Jayant Gadekar is known for appearances in Sacred Games, Kaminey and R... Rajkumar.
Rucha Inamdar Girl on the phone Rucha Inamdar is an Indian actress known for her roles in Under the Same Sun.
Mukund Bhatt Decorator Mukund Bhatt is an actor noted for performances in Dear Zindagi and Raees.
Priyanka Chopra Herself Priyanka Chopra is A globally recognized actress who began her acting career in 2002. Known for Bollywood hits like Barfi! and Mary Kom, and the American TV series Quantico.
Roop Jai  -
Narayan Jadhav Anna Vinay's Father  -
Raja Bapat Gajju Kaka, main patient in hospital  -
Nitin Jadhav  -  -
Sonamoni Gadkari Ms. Iyer (Nurse)  -
Namrata Sambherao Rashmi  -


Role Name
Director Rajesh Mapuskar
Writer Rajesh Mapuskar
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Madhu Chopra
Music Rohan Gokhale, Rohan Rohan
Cinematography Savita Singh
Editor Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Casting Rohan Mapuskar

Character Analysis

Ashutosh Gowariker as Raja Kamerkar

  1. Ashutosh Gowariker brilliantly portrays the character of Raja Kamerkar, a famous Bollywood film director in the film. His character is down-to-earth with a touch of sophistication, reflecting his city dwelling lifestyle. Despite his professional success, his roots remain in his small town, which becomes evident when he rushes home upon hearing about his father's ill-health. Gowariker brings warmth and subtlety to his character, depicting the dilemma of balancing personal concern and professional commitments.

Jitendra Joshi as Prasanna Kamerkar

Jitendra Joshi does an excellent job depicting Prasanna's character, a family man who bears the responsibility and stress of organizing his ailing father's care. Prasanna is constantly on the move, juggling various duties, often the mediator in family conflicts. He shows the struggles and sacrifices one has to make when caring for an older parent.

Sulbha Arya as Manda (Prasanna's mother)

Sulbha Arya's character Manda is the epitome of a mother's strength and love. She is shown as coping with her husband's hospitalization, displaying grace under pressure. Manda is a strong woman who remains hopeful and resilient despite the emotionally draining circumstances.

Sukanya Kulkarni as Sarika (Prasanna's sister)

Kulkarni presents Sarika as a supportive and caring sister who stands by Prasanna through the thick and thin. Despite being immersed in her own life and problems, she pushes aside everything to support her family. Kulkarni efficiently portrays the character's emotions, further enhancing the film's family dynamic.


Sr. No. Song Name Lyrics Singer Song Length
1. Baba (Female) Manoj Yadav Priyanka Chopra 04:00
2. Baba (Male) Manoj Yadav Rohan Pradhan 04:00
3. Jai Deva Manoj Yadav Ganesh Chandanshive, Rohan Gokhale, Rohan Pradhan 04:18
4. Ya Re Ya Manoj Yadav, Shantaram Mapuskar Rohan Pradhan 03:20

Behind the Scenes

Check out the making of the Ventilator where Boman Irani is portrayed as Dr Shroff.

Box Office Collection

The movie's total collection was ₹25 Crores at a budget of ₹3.5 Crores.


64th National Film Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Best Sound Mixing Alok De Won

Filmfare Marathi Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film - Nominated
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Original Story Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best Dialogue Nominated
Best Debut Director Won
Best Actor Jitendra Joshi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Ashutosh Gowariker Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Sukanya Kulkarni Nominated
Best Music Rohan-Rohan Nominated
Best Lyrics Manoj Yadav Nominated
Best Production Design Nikhil Kovale Nominated
Best Cinematography Savita Singh Nominated
Best Editing  Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won
Best Background Score Rohan-Rohan Nominated
Best Sound Design Sanjay Maurya, Allwyn Rego Won

Maharashtra State Film Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film Priyanka Chopra Won

Lions Gold Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Favourite Marathi Film Priyanka Chopra Won

Mata Sanman Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jitendra Joshi Won
Best Music Direction Rohan-Rohan Nominated
Best Lyrics Manoj Yadav (for song "Baba") Won
Best Playback Singer Male Rohan Pradhan (for song "Baba") Won
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won

Mirchi Music Awards Marathi (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Listeners' Choice Song of the Year Priyanka Chopra (for song "Baba") Won
Upcoming Music Composer of the Year Rohan-Rohan Nominated

Pune International Film Festival (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won

Sanskruti Kaladarpan Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film Priyanka Chopra Won
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Actor Jitendra Joshi Won
Best Supporting Actor Ashutosh Gowariker Won
Best Villain Nilesh Diwekar Won
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Won
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Won

Zee Gaurav Puraskar (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Screenplay Rajesh Mapuskar Nominated
Best Editing Rameshwar S. Bhagat Nominated

Zee Talkies Comedy Awards (2017)

Category Recipient(s) Result
Best Film Priyanka Chopra Won
Best Director Rajesh Mapuskar Won


Following the film's release and its subsequent success, Mapuskar announced that they had received numerous proposals to recreate Ventilator in multiple languages such as Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, and Gujarati. In August 2017, plans were confirmed for a Malayalam remake of Ventilator, with Chopra acting as a producer. The Gujarati adaptation of Ventilator premiered on September 14, 2018.

In the early days of September 2017, news broke out that the film would be transformed into a Gujarati play under the direction of theatre actor Rajesh Joshi. For this adaptation, Mapuskar took on the role of a creative consultant.

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