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Pune 52 to chronicle then and now of city

Movie set for a December release,announces director Nikhil Mahajan.

Movie set for a December release,announces director Nikhil Mahajan

In the past 20 years,Pune has changed from a quiet retirement haven to a pulsating,thriving student hub. This,amongst other things,is what inspired director Nikhil Mahajan to base his debut movie on the city.

His Pune 52 is all set to be released on December 12.

Set against the backdrop of financial reforms in 1992,the movie explores how globalisation changed the city and its people forever.

“Since 1992,the reforms changed the economy and suddenly people became money-minded. How much you could afford to buy decided how happy you were,” said Mahajan.

The movie portrays the city in a different time and age as it follows a private detective living in Pune in the early 90s. It features award-winning actor Girish Kulkarni and Marathi actors Sonali Kulkarni,Sai Tamhankar,Bharti Achrekar among others.

In the city for a press interaction,Mahajan said that the movie is about detective’s life through detective’s perspective.

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“It shows how these reforms change others lives. This is possible because a detective can get quite close to people to observe them,” said Kulkarni. Kulkarni has acted in films such as Valu,Vihir and Deool,for which he won a National Award for Best Actor and Best Screenplay.

P une 52 is the pin code for Karve Nagar. “After reforms,a lot of new areas began to develop and that is when pin codes over 30 were issued. Karve Nagar is one such place and the name of the movie also points to the changes the city has seen.” he added.

The thriller has been produced under the combined banners of Indian Magic Eye Motion Pictures and Arbhaat Nirmitee and is scheduled to be screened at theatres on December 12,announced the producers and director.

According to the makers of the movie,the main challenge while shooting the movie was to recreate the city as it was two decades back. The filming team had to spend a considerable amount of time on streets and research how people spoke in those times.

“I spent a lot of time speaking to private detectives in the city. I tried to understand their work and how it affects their lives. With not many detectives,post the reforms,lifestyle changed and people began to hire private detectives,” said Mahajan.

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