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On a Grey Scale

The story is simple enough — a modern,unscrupulous couple who wants to go ahead in life.

Winning Prabhat Puruskar for her ‘negative role’ in Investment,actor Supriya Vinod says she never thought of her character as a villain

The story is simple enough — a modern,unscrupulous couple who wants to go ahead in life. With the tag of “upwardly mobile” deeply imbibed in their consciousness,the moral values of the couple,however,hover in the grey area. “You can’t call them immoral,though. Amoral is a better word,” states actor Supriya Vinod,who plays one of the leading characters in the Marathi film,Investment.

Vinod recently won the first ever Prabhat Puraskar for Best Supporting Artist in a Negative Role for her portrayal of the debauched wife Prachi,who is willing to go to any length to protect her spoilt son Sohel. “The award came as a surprise to me,” says Vinod with a laugh. “When I decided to do this role,I never saw Prachi as a vamp or the villain of the story. That is why,even the nomination came as a surprise,” adds the Mumbai-based actor,who was nominated with Mahesh Manjrekar and Vaibhav Mangal for the award. She goes on to cite the example of Shah Rukh Khan’s character in Baazigar. “Would you call him the villain of the story? But the character definitely has shades of grey,” says Vinod.

The basic premise of Investment is that the young boy Sohel follows his father’s motto of ‘I must get what I want’ and commits a crime. But Prachi,like an over-the-top doting mother,wants to protect him at all costs. The film also stars Tushar Dalvi,Sulbha Deshpande and Sanjay Mone in leading roles.

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Forty-year-old Vinod,who started her career in theatre when she was only seven,knows that she has come a long way in the industry. Interestingly,Investment,which is also directed by her father Ratnakar Matkari,is her first feature film. “I have always been a theatre person. I worked with the best in the industry and then later moved on to television,” says Vinod,who has acted in a number of Hindi soaps such as CID,Kahin Kisi Roz,Kahani and Kutumb,among others. She has also acted in more than 20 Marathi serials. “No one offered me good films,that’s why it took me so long to make an appearance on the big screen,” jokes Vinod.

Matkari,who has written and directed the film,is a noted playwright with a number of books,plays and televisions serials to his credit. For the 74-year-old Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning director,the decision to choose his daughter in his first film,came naturally. “I have worked with my father in several plays since I was a child. I had read and re-read his script and discussed its nuances with him; so for me to accept the role was only natural,” says Vinod.

The film had garnered a lot of attention after it won the National Award for Best Marathi Film,and was screened at several film festivals. Investment was also nominated at the New York Indian Film Festival for Best Film,Best Screenplay (Ratnakar Matkari),Best Actress (Vinod) and Best Child Actor (Praharsh Naik) categories.

Happy with the success of her first film,Vinod is now working on an upcoming film by critically acclaimed filmmaker Jabbar Patel. “It is a biopic on the life of politician Yashwantrao Chavan. It is a great role,but it is too early to divulge more details,” she says.