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The Turning Point

There are so many stories around us that can inspire us to make movies.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: September 10, 2011 4:02:06 am

After Mee Sindhutai Sapkal won four National Awards,director Anant Mahadevan says real life,not fiction,will propel his scripts in future

There are so many stories around us that can inspire us to make movies. Why would anyone go through the trouble of making a film on a fictional story?” said Anant Mahadevan at the Film & Television Institute of India (FTII),Pune,for the screening of his multiple National Award-winning film,Mee Sindhutai Sapkal. After making commercial films,Mahadevan wants to further explore his creative side. Mee Sindhutai Sapkal has won Mahadevan the National Award for best screenplay as well as the jury award. The film also picked up National Awards for best male playback and best dialogue.

Mee Sindhutai Sapkal happened after Mahadevan had made commercial films of every possible genre. He says. “I did comedies,a remake,action and thrillers. After I made Staying Alive and Red Alert,both of which dealt with offbeat,sensitive issues,I came across the story of Sindhutai,” he shares.

Mahadevan says that a lot went into the research and the making of the film. From getting the Marathi accent right to effective portrayal of the story on screen,he says,“Sindhutai was a simple woman who,at 15,was married off to a man 20 years older to her. Abused by her husband,she managed to escape and rebuild her life. She ultimately started an orphanage in Pune. I was very nervous when I screened the film for her. After the film,one of the producers,Bindya Khanolkar,showed me her wrist which had nail marks on it and said how Sindhutai had held onto her while the camera unfolded her life.”

He adds that he never made the film expecting an award. “Sometimes you make a film just because it has to be made,” he says. For him,national and international awards was just some things that followed. Mahadevan is now working on two films,one in Hindi and the other in Marathi. He has also recently finished shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s Mod. “I am making a film on Appa Korpe,who started Pune’s first labour union movement. The other is on freedom fighter Gaur Hari Das,who fought for four years in the freedom struggle,and then for 30 years to get a freedom fighter’s certificate from the government,” he says.

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