Actor-producer Shreyas Talpade has said his upcoming Marathi movie ‘Poshter Boyj’ is inspired by a real-life story of three coolies who accidentally found their pictures on a poster promoting vasectomy.
“It is inspired by a news story that my director (Sameer Patil) saw on a television channel some years back while randomly surfing channels. It was about three coolies who found their photographs on a poster of vasectomy. He saw that story and conceived the idea which he later converted into a film script,” Shreyas told PTI in an interview here.
The 38-year-old actor is here to take part in the Goa Marathi Film Festival which began last evening.
“It’s about the three people who one fine day find they are poster boys of vasectomy campaign and they don’t know how to react to it,” said Shreyas, revealing the story for the first time ahead of its theatrical release.
They start getting ridiculed in their village and in surrounding areas. People feel after going through vasectomy (a surgical procedure for male sterilisation), they have lost their masculinity. The trio go on a mission to prove they have been wronged and they are a victim of the system, he said.
“The entire thing has been dealt in a very humorous manner,” said the actor, who acted in hit films like ‘Iqbal,’ ‘Golmaal 3’, ‘Welcome to Sajjanpur’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ and got into production a few years ago. “I will call it an entertainer. There is a lot of drama but predominantly its a humorous film,” he added.
The film, whose first look was unveiled during the festival, will hit the theatres on July 4. ‘Poshter Boyj’
features actors Dilip Prabhavalkar, Hrishikesh Joshi and Aniket Vishwasrao.
‘Poshter Boyj’ is Shreyas’ second home production, the first being ‘Sanai Chaugude,’ also a Marathi movie which he co-produced along with Bollywood veteran Subhash Ghai.
Shreyas said as a filmmaker he had to tread cautiously with the subject matter of the film to avoid any vulgarity. “We didn’t want to do anything cheap. It can happen (mistakenly featuring in a poster) to anyone – literate or illiterate, it does not matter. Once you see your photograph on a poster like this, you won’t know how to react.”
The filmmaker clarified he is not making any statement against vasectomy, which for long has been part of the Government’s population control campaign.
“The actors keep saying in the film that they are not against the operation but they haven’t gone through the procedure. They insist the Government guys who have done it (put their photos on poster) have committed a wrong.”
The ‘Iqbal’ actor said one of the strengths of the movie was casting Prabhavalkar, a veteran actor. “The fact that you have a senior actor who has been seen in so many versatile roles gives credibility to the film,” said Shreyas, speaking about Prabhavalkar, known for his roles in ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, ‘Chaukat Raja’ and ‘Sarkar Raj’, among others.