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Astitva (Devnagari: अस्तित्व, meaning existence, identity) is a 2000 bi-lingual film made in Hindi and Marathi, written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.


This film is about the issues like male chauvinist protagonism, extramarital affairs, spousal abuse. It is about a woman trying to find her separate identity outside her marriage.

It is 1997. Malhar Kamat (Mohnish Bahl), an old musician and music teacher, is dying. He prepares his will where he leaves his entire jaydad (estate), comprising a haveli (mansion), of land, 1400 grams gold and about 8 lakh rupees, to Aditi Shrikant Pandit (Tabu). Upon his death two years later, the will is delivered to Aditi.

When the will reaches Aditi in Pune, she is in the midst of an impromptu lunch party occasioned by the arrival of Dr. Ravi Bapat (Ravindra Mankani) and his wife Meghna (Smita Jaykar). Ravi is a very close friend of Aditi's husband, Shrikant Pandit (Sachin Khedekar). Besides, Aditi's son Aniket(Sunil Barve) introduces his girlfriend & would be wife Revati(Namrata Shirodkar).

Shrikant opens the certified letter package with the will even though it is addressed to Aditi, much to Meghna's chagrin and Ravi's surprise. Shrikant is intrigued & decides to consult his daily diaries where he has chronicled the events of his daily life. Shrikant realizes that he overlooked certain things anybody else could have easily noticed.

Shrikant realizes that 25 years ago, Aditi could not have possibly been...
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