"Marathi movies have better standards than Hindi films"

May 22, 2013, 00:17 IST | Swapnal Tilekar

National Award-winning director Anant Mahadevan is currently working on a film adaptation of Laxman Gaikwad's book, Uchalya. In a candid chat with The Guide, the director talks about his latest offering and Marathi cinema. Excerpts from the interview

Uchalya will stir a cord with the common man After doing Mee Sindhutai Sapkal and winning a National Award for it, I was looking for a great script. When I came across the book Uchalya by Laxman Gaikwad, I found it very interesting and socially relevant. So, I decided to adapt the book to a movie. I think, I get fascinated by real life characters. I like to make films, which are the reflection of the society. 

Director Anant Mahadevan

You cannot turn down your face from the unsung heroes of the society. Uchalya fascinated me as it’s about a child, who had to suffer the consequences of being born in his community. Though not every real life story can be made into a film, outstanding stories like these need to be shown. I am eying the Berlin Film Festival for the international release of the film, early next year.

Script-writing is an interesting exercise
I normally write scripts for my films; but this was a special film. After reading the book, I realised that it is a complex story and hence I sat with Arvind Jagtap to write the script in a different and appealing manner.

Creative minds at work
This is a rare occasion when six National Award winners have teamed-up together for a project. One advantage of having so many creative minds around was that they influence everybody right from the costume designer to the make-up artist. Everybody wants to perform well. So, there is a lot of positive energy around, which will definitely reflect in the outcome.

No comparison needed
I think Marathi movies have better standards than Bollywood films. Marathi, Malayalam and other regional film industries don’t need to compete with Hindi films. They are much superior with respect to content. The economy factor aside, Hindi films are nowhere near the quality of regional film industries. 

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