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The buzzing scene of Marathi cinema is pulling back actors who once turned to South films

Written by Debjani Paul | Published: July 27, 2012 3:40 am

The buzzing scene of Marathi cinema is pulling back actors who once turned to South films

It was around a decade ago that Tejashree Khele acted in her first Tamil film ‘Ottran’,a major box-office hit,which is rememberd for its song and dance sequences. Till date Khele is known as the ‘Chinna veeda varattuma’ girl. In the last ten years,she has worked in 36 South Indian films including big banner films like ‘Madhurey’ and ‘Arya’. However,the actor has recently made a comeback in Marathi films with ‘Sambha’,’Teen Baika Fajiti Aika’ and ‘Bhartiya’.

“This is the golden period of Marathi cinema. The industry is buzzing with a number of good films,actors and directors. In the recent past,a number of movies like ‘Deool’ and ‘Shala’ have been showcased on international platforms. Besides,because of the language barrier,my mother couldn’t watch and appreciate the films that I worked in down south. This way,I can share my passion with them in our language,although I am more fluent in Tamil,” explains Khele.

Similarly,after working in 13 films in Tamil,Telugu,Malayalam and Kannada in a span of eight years,Neha Pendse is currently working in Marathi projects ‘Badshah,Begum,Ghulam’ and ‘Ambat’. “Ten years back,the Marathi industry was not mature and the films targeted only the rural audience. That time,the South offered better films with handsome payment,” says Pendse,adding that Marathi films have since undergone a makeover and are appreciated by everyone.

Marathi film ‘Satya Savitri ani Satyvan’,which releases today,sees Shruti Marathe playing a strong role. A recent entrant into Marathi films,Marathe has acted in four Tamil and one Kannada film. The best part,she says,is the language. “Nothing can be better than speaking your mother tongue. It’s like working with your own family. Also,Marathi films are greatly respected for the subjects they tackle and it is very satisfying to be able to work in such movies,” says Marathe,adding that during her initial days in South,she practiced her diction and pronunciation with a coach before the shoot. However,she says that despite the initial challenges of learning a new language and picking up unusual dance choreography,she had a great time working in for South Indian projects.

Having experienced the work culture on both sides,the actors are full of praise for the South Indian film fraternity and their professional attitude towards filmmaking. “Most of the projects are on a large scale and are technically very sound. Even Marathi films are gradually treading the same path,” explains Marathe.

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