When 62nd National Awards were announced in March this year, city-based Bhaurao Karhade, whose Marathi film Khwada bagged two National Awards — Best Director and Best Sound, thought his struggle of years has finally ended.
However, he could not foresee what was in store for him. The film got stuck for several months as he could not arrange funds for its publicity before the release.
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After selling his family’s only piece of five-acre land to finance his debut film, Karhade had no option but to turn to his acquaintance who after seeing the film agreed to help him. Karhade’s film is now set for October 22 release. “My mother does not understand much about films. The only thing that she has been asking me for the past few years is when will it release. Finally, I was able to give her an answer,” says 30-year-old Karhade, who hails from Gawhanewadi village in Ahmednagar district.
Making Khwada was not a cakewalk for this budding filmmaker. After completing his communication studies course from a college in Ahmednagar in 2009, he wrote a script for a film and began shooting. However, in the course of making the film, the producer ran short of funds and the project had to be shelved.
In 2011, he wrote Khwada and tried to convince several people to produce the film for him. After trying unsuccessfully for two years, he finally decided to produce the film himself. He managed to convince his elder brother and mother to sell three acres of their five-acres plot for the project. Though he was able to shoot the film with the available money, he fell short of funds at post-production stage. That is when he convinced his brother and mother to sell the remaining piece of the land too. With a part of the amount raised, the brother opened an eatery in Pune. The film was ready in January this year and it won two National Awards in March. The film was also part of the several prestigious film festivals. However, when it came to releasing the film, Karhade again had no monetary source.
“The film was ready in January but was held for several months. I approached several people seeking help. I was losing time but nothing was working out. Finally, I met art director Shekhar More. After seeing the film he felt that it should make to the theatres and agreed to help me,” recollects Karhade.
The art of filmmaking caught Karhade’s eye when he was quite young. In Gawhanewadi, where he was brought up, only one family had a television and the villagers would gather there to watch it every evening.
“That’s when my fascination for films began. When I was in Class VIII, I enrolled in a school in Shirur which had a mini theatre. I remember I would bunk school and watch films with friends,” he says, adding after after his father’s death, when he was in Class XII, his mother asked him to join army.
“It was considered a ‘good career’ in my village but I wanted to make films. When I refused to join army, I was asked to do farming. In every few weeks, I would come to Pune to sell my crop in the wholesale market,” he says. As he had heard a lot about Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from his friends studying there, he decided to visit the institute. On visiting the institute, he learnt that one needs to be a graduate to appear for the entrance exam. Though he finished graduation from open university later, he couldn’t clear the entrance exam.
“Hence, I enrolled for communication studies course at New Arts College in Ahmednagar. Films of Akira Kurosawa, Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Vittorio De Sica and Federico Fellini changed my understanding of films,” says the filmmaker.