INTERVIEWS. ADITI DESHPANDE - Actress, Director, Producer
 
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Aditi Deshpande’s debut as a director with the film ‘Mee Mann Ani Dhruvv’ is creating a buzz amongst the selective audience. MMW spoke to this quiet but positive lady, about her debut film and this is what she has to say.

Q: Can you tell us something about your background?
A: I come from a family of artistes and Deshpandes are a very creative family. My acting in Gajendra Ahire's ‘Not Only Mrs.Raut’ was very much appreciated in the festival circuit and I won many awards for the film. I produced a film called 'MaayBaap', which won national recognition for me as a producer. I have also worked in few popular and critically appreciated films like 'Jogwa' and 'Tunnu Ki Tina'.

Aditi Deshpande

Q:: Was the film made for your mother who is the producer or you all the way wanted to direct a film?
A: I guess, directing is a gradual progression from acting and I have always wanted to direct a film. So my mother saw the passion in me and offered to produce the film herself.

Q: What made you select a subject like marital discord ? Do you aim to make art house cinema or the usual commercial fare?
A: The usual commercial cinema is beyond my sensibilities and I have always been inclined towards world cinema and being a student of cinema , my film is a good sensible sensitive cinema.

Q: Did you face any hurdles during the making of the film?
A: Not really! Because, there are no ‘stars’ as such in the film. My leading star is debutant Mahendra Agashe, who is the writer as well and has helped me to regularize a lot of things during shooting. I had an experienced cameraman in Chandrashekhar Ayyer, who helped me out with the technical perfection.We shot most of the film in one location at a bungalow in Madh. Our budget was less, but we completed the film without any hitch. My leading lady Ketaki Thatte (‘Galgale Nighale’fame) is an old friend of mine and she was very cooperative. Satish Pulekar, a senior member of the cast, was of great help. Young Dhruvv was too sweet and never created tantrums on the sets.

Q: How effective has been your marketing?
A: We are promoting the film in a low key manner as it is a very niche film and we hope to get a good vibe from the initial audience, which in turn would bring more audience to the theaters; as basically it is a family film with clean sensibilities. An experienced distributor like Sachin Parekar is distributing my film and he knows the right way to market a film.

Q: Is your story based on a real story or fiction?
A: A bit of both, since I have seen my friends going through emotional turmoil after a broken marriage. I am shocked to see good marriages go wrong because either the wife wants to have a good career or the husband doesn’t care for his wife’s feelings. And the children in such families get affected soon.

Q: What are your future plans?
A: I plan to act in more films, if I get good offers and will direct more films; if the audiences give the right appreciation to all the work that I have put in my debut film.

 
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