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Blood Lust

Marathi filmmaker Anup Jagdale’s debut project hopes to carve its own identity despite rumours of it being a remake of a popular Hindi film.

A single mother of two lost her husband and parents in a freak accident. Forlorn and alone,she seeks solace in the company of a charming man,who turns out to be a cruel and abusive husband. The struggle of the young woman finding herself and standing up against the odds stacked against her,forms the story of the upcoming Marathi film Bharla Malwat Rakhtaana,rumoured to be a remake of the Hindi film Khoon Bhari Maang.

For filmmaker Anup Jagdale,the world of cinema was limited to procuring ‘prints’ to be showcased in his touring talkies,a portable cinema that he traveled with in western Maharashtra. But this year,with his directorial debut,Mumbai-based Jagdale has been struggling to keep up with the pressure of making a film. “We wrapped up the shoot about a month ago. It was all a very new experience for me,because I have only been dealing with distribution and screening of films. But donning a directorial hat was quite a unique experience,” he says. Originally from Satara,Maharashtra,Jagdale was among the first owners of the touring talkies and eventually graduated to showing digital movie prints.

Bharla Malwat Rakhtaana,(“forehead smeared with blood” in Marathi) has also been the subject of a recent controversy. Reports about the story being “inspired” from the ’80s hit Bollywood film Khoon Bhari Maang,“upset” Rakesh Roshan,the producer and director of the Rekha-Kabir Bedi starrer. But Jagdale,who received a legal notice from Roshan,is eager to clear rumours that the film is an unofficial remake. “Yes,I have received the legal notice. But I’m sure this is a huge misunderstanding. I have sent a reply to Rakesh sir,urging him to attend a screening of my film. He will then clearly see that my film is not a remake,” he says. Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) was about a wealthy widow,who is almost killed by her second husband,and she sets out to take revenge. The film,which was a comeback venture for Rekha went on to became a commercial success.

The film,which stars actors such as Kavita Radheshyam,Teja Devkar,Sanjay Khapre and Milind Shinde,revolves around the life of the character Laxmi,portrayed by Devkar. “Kavita has a very interesting double-role in the film,too,” says Jagdale. Radheshyam has previously worked in Kannada and Hindi films.

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The director is keen to promote the film as “stri pradhaan” or a film which talks about women’s empowerment. “At first,the character of Laxmi is very simple,terrified to resolve issues in her own life. But during the climax of the film,she turns herself into sort of a lady ‘Singham’,which is truly magnificent,” he says.

With a likely December release,Jagdale is looking forward to the reception of his film. He is confident that the theme of women empowerment mixed with action and drama will find many takers.