By Alifiya Khan
Coming right after his record breaking blockbuster Marathi movie Duniyadari, cinematographer-turned-director Sanjay Jadhav’s next release Pyaar Vali Love Story (PVLS) hit the screens on October 24. The director says he is aware of the expectations from this movie.
“Due to Duniyadari, people have high expectations from my next film and I understand that comparisons are inevitable. Though I am a little scared of the parallels that people might make, but I can tell this with some confidence that while people might come to theatres on the goodwill of Duniyadari, all they will carry back is the experience of PVLS. My entire team and I have worked hard to ensure that we are able to wipe out the image of Duniyadari,” he says.
Speaking of the star cast, Jadhav has repeated the same lead pair of Swapnil Joshi and Sai Tamhankar while Urmila Kanetkar-Kothare also stars in the movie. There are a few new faces in PVLS as well — with well-known actors Upendra Limaye, Sameer Dharmadhikari and Chinmay Mandlekar joining the team. “Yes, I agree that I tend to repeat the same starcast of my previous movies. But why not? If the star casting worked in my favour, the audience liked them then I would prefer working with the same team as I have built a rapport with them,” says Jadhav.
But isn’t he scared of getting repetitive? “It depends on what you do when you repeat the same cast. PVLS is a completely new experience than Duniyadari or any other movie,” he adds. Ask him to define PVLS in one word and pat comes the reply, ‘entertainment’. “The concept was very clear, I wanted to make an out- and- out commercial film that would be a complete family entertainer. Of course, central to the movie is a love story about a Hindu boy and Muslim girl, but the movie has all the elements — romance, five songs, action and strong dialogues,” says Jadhav, adding that while it is the love story of a Hindu-Muslim couple, it is not focused on any individual but reflects the situation of the society as a whole.
The early look of the movie shows the characters speaking in Marathi as well as Hindi, same goes for songs, especially a Sufi song that looks inspired by Khwaja mere Khwaja. “Of course we are inspired by Hindi movies, let’s not deny that. I have Yash Raj movies in my system and when I make a romantic film, how can inspiration be far away? But having said that, I draw most inspiration from my own work and try to do something different than work done in past. In this movie, the characters live in a Mumbai chawl where Hindi is spoken as much as Marathi. Hence the dialogues and songs in Hindi,” says Jadhav.
He adds that what makes most people proud is the fact that PVLS is the first Marathi movie to co-release in 13 centres in the US, besides releasing in Marathi speaking pockets of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Hyderabad, Indore and other parts of India.