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Actor-film-maker Mahesh Manjrekar gave the mahurat clap for editor-turned-director Rajesh Ranshinge’s Marathi film, Janiva, that was held on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Padva last week. The film marks Manjrekar’s son, Satya’s debut in the industry, as he will be seen playing the lead opposite four other newcomers in this youth-oriented film. Vaibhavi Sandilya, Anuradha Mukherjee, Devdutt Dani and Sanket Agarwal are also in the cast.
“The film revolves around a group of youngsters, with Sameer Deshpande (played by Satya) leading the team. They are enthusiastic rock music lovers who form a rock band and it is this passion that they later use to spread awareness about social issues and raise funds for those who are affected by it,” stated Ranshinge, who zeroed in on a group of newcomers to maintain the freshness and theme of the film.
Television actor Srman Jain of Adaalat, who turns co-producer with this film, mentioned that after working on the script for four months, Ranshinge casually met him over a cup of coffee and the moment Jain heard the script, he knew that he wanted to make this film. “It’s such a fresh script and the youngsters today will definitely relate to their passion for bringing about a change,” he stated.
While giving the mahurat clap, Manjrekar mentioned that he wanted his son to make his debut with someone else, as he didn’t want Satya to take things for granted. “I want him to face the hardships and see how difficult things can get in reality. Rajesh is a fantastic technician, so I know he is in good hands. I am glad Satya made the effort and trained for almost a month to get his part right. He wouldn’t have done all this under me,” stated Manjrekar. When asked about his role in the film, Satya smiled and stated, “I am just excited,” as he shyly passed on the mic to his father.
To be shot in major parts of Maharashtra, the film will also see Renuka Shahane, Kiran Karmarkar, Kishore Kadam, Atul Parchure among others in pivotal roles. Interestingly, the makers have also signed Daler Mehendi to sing an high on energy Ganapati song, while Neha Kakkar of Sunny Sunny (Yaariyan) fame will sing a romantic number. Produced by Aravana Productions and Blue Eye Productions, the first schedule of the film took off in Mumbai last week.
Bharti Singh makes Marathi film debut with Famous
Incidentally, Singh does not speak a word of Marathi
By Farida Khanzada
After making her mark as a commedienne on television, Bharti Singh will now be seen in the National Award winning director, Shivaji Lotan Patil helmed Marathi film, Famous. Singh reprises the role of a hard-nosed media person, who runs her own press. “I am always on the look-out for new and exciting stories which I want to print in my paper. During one of her search for exclusive news, she comes across the story of a man who is spurned by his family because he is unemployed. However, one incident changes his entire life and people start treating him with respect. It is the story of an aam aadmi , and provocatively brings out a cruel fact that till the time you are not useful to people, they will treat you with scant respect,” says Singh.
Describing her experience of working in the film as, “fun-filled,” Singh was unaware that she was indeed fortunate to work with a National Award winning director. “When I came to know that Mr Patil is the director, main toh khushi se aur bhi moti ho gayi! It was a good experience working with him, and haste haste kam ho gaya,” she says.
Speaking in jest, Singh says, that the only different thing that she did, unlike her co-actors, was to say her dialogues in Hindi. “I am the only actor who hasn’t spoken a single word of Marathi. Why mock or insult a language when you are not proficient in it.” The film was shot entirely in Aurangabad in a start-to-finish schedule.
Singh who had earlier made her Bollywood debut in the Akshay Kumar starrer Khiladi 786, however is not very keen to work in films at the present. “I won’t do films for at least two years. I want to concentrate on television as this is where I gained recognition. Besides all big actors are now turning to the small screen,” she says matter-of-factly.