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Friday, December 7, 2007

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Being content-rich facilitates an idea’s intelligent execution, believes Mangesh Hadawale. The debutant filmmaker is already grabbing attention with his Marathi film, Tingya. Shown at the recently concluded Fifth Asian Film Festival, the film closely analyses moments of innocence that question the discrimination between human beings and animals, from the eyes of seven-year-old Tingya.

Played by newcomer Sharad Goekar, Tingya is among the several non-actors who lend the film its much-appreciated authenticity. “Out of a starcast of 72 actors, more than 40 of them are non-actors chosen from Maharashtra’s rural heartland. Most of them saw the film camera for the first time, let alone having any experience in acting,” says Hadawale.

A dramatics graduate from University of Pune’s Lalit Kala Kendra, Hadawale spent four years to make the movie. He scripted the movie, as well. This was a result of a strong brainwave that hit Hadawale one fine night and he ended up writing the movie in one go—a catharsis of sorts. “I had to give vent to all the conflicts going on in my mind,” he says. But his script was turned down by various producers 41 times, until Ravi Rai came along.

Now his endeavours have paid off. Aamir Khan is already keen on watching Tingya and a meeting with the star actor-producer-director coming February, should yield good results. “I’ll be discussing a story idea with him,” says Hadawale, who will also shooting his first Hindi film Chhutta Na Mila, in March.

He prefers to reserve the right to scripting and directing his stories. “I want to direct my own scripts, instead of having another filmmaker lend his interpretation to my ideas. Very often, such an execution backfires and the film turns out to be a disappointment,” says Hadawale.

And, what would his films’ USP? “I want my films to stand solely on the basis of a strong script and good screenplay,” says Hadawale, who wants to work with newcomers. “That way, my films will be able to stand out better through content and quality, instead of stars overpowering the script,” he adds matter-of-factly.

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