The ‘S’ word

Ruturaj Dhalgade’s debut film 'The Guilty Misfits' portrays the discomfort and hypocrisy associated with the discussion of sex.

Written by Rohan Swamy | Published: September 12, 2012 3:08:10 am

Ruturaj Dhalgade’s debut film ‘The Guilty Misfits’ portrays the discomfort and hypocrisy associated with the discussion of sex

For 23-year-old Ruturaj Dhalgade,the idea behind making his debut independent feature film was born out of simple ideas . Primarily being,addressing the need to talk about issues related to sex,the confusion behind living life on one’s own terms and the moral dilemmas faced by youngsters about the values taught to them as children and their real world applications. Dhalgade’s film – ‘The Guilty Misfits’ highlights all these issues as seen through the lives of the youngsters trying to understand modern day society . The film was screened for the first time at the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) theatre on Tuesday.

A software engineer by education,and a theatre artiste by passion,Dhalgade says that the script had been playing in his mind since his college days. It was only after he was convinced of the subject and had understood the issues of low-budget filmmakers,that he took it up. “I narrowed down onto the digital film making platform and incorporated sync sound. Once the scouting for the actors was done,we began shooting last September,” he says.

The film details the lives of three flatmates Sam,Azad and Manoj and an urban sex worker who comes to their apartment over a weekend. While Sam faces an ethical question regarding sex and its repercussions,Azad is running away from a troubled past by surrounding himself with only happy thoughts. Manoj is caught up between the dilemmas of his humble village roots and the glamour of his city life.

The film was shot in and around Pune on a Canon 5D mark-II camera in 17 days,amidst halts owing to the rains playing havoc and also securing permissions to film late at night. The experiences,he says,helped the cast and the crew bond further. Explaining the title of the movie ‘The Guilty Misfits’,says the filmmaker,“The call girl,Sheela feels the need to explain the simple philosophies of life to Sam. In the process they all manage to deal with skeletons from their own closet. They are all guilty and are trying hard to adhere to the norms of society and hence,the title.”

The roles of Sam,Manoj and Azad are essayed by Sushant Kandya,Anand Pandey and Ganesh Kumar,all students from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Neha Mahajan,who plays the role of a call girl,is an accomplished theatre artiste and will be seen in the upcoming film ‘Midnight’s Children’.

Releasing the film,says Dhalgade,will be a difficult task considering there is no ensemble star cast and also the film’s subject. “I don’t see any distributors helping me out,” he shrugs,adding,”I will instead be releasing the film on the internet so that more and more people can watch the film.”

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