PUNE FILMMAKERS too managed to grab some spotlight as the 63rd National Film Awards was announced on Monday.
While Ringan, which is directed by Pune-based Makarand Mane, went on to win the Best Marathi Feature Film Award, Nishant Roy Bombarde’s film Daaravtha won the Best Debut Director Short Film Award. Mithunchandra Chaudhari’s Paywat bagged the Best Educational Film Award.
Bombarde’s “Daaravtha” talks about a boy who is discovering his sexuality and finds himself “different”. Whether he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos forms the premise of the film.
“I was overwhelmed when I got the award and the award being for a short film made me happier as when you are doing a short film, it’s a one-man army, you are everything from a director to producer and at times even a spot boy,there is no support staff. So when a short film is appreciated at such a top notch level, it’s amazing,” he said.
Sharing what inspired him to make a film on such a challenging topic, Bombarde, who has done his Masters in Mass Communication from Symbiosis, Pune, said, “It was not a single event that triggered the idea but it was a story of many experiences put together. I did write the story in one night but I realised it was always at the back of my mind.”
Bombarde also plans to make a feature film soon and shared that he has many stories ready for a feature film. “But where short film is a single man army, a feature film is the exactly the opposite. One has to keep in mind other person’s vision as well. It will be a very different experience to make one.’’
Chaudhari’s Paywat (The Road Less Travelled) revolves around a girl who comes from a small village and shoulders the responsibility of her family and strives to complete her education amid hardships. Chaudhari, the director, is elated to bag the award.
Talking about the film’s storyline, he said, “For some of us who are privileged, the roads are very smooth but for others, it is a tough ride. We have to build our own roads, which is the literal meaning of ‘Paywat’. I am a native of a village called Patkul which is in Solapur. There, I have seen a lot of girls struggling for education— my sister being one of them. She was the inspiration for my story. She has struggled a lot more than me.”
Talking about his sister’s reaction when he dedicated the film to her, Chaudhari, who has done his Masters in English and Communications studies from Pune University, said, “It’s more of her story than anyone else’s. Even before I mentioned the dedication, she said it was her story.”