Aditya Sarpotdar - Bringing that desired change in Marathi
Aditya Sarpotdar is a young film maker, who is trying bring that quality change
into Marathi films; with improvisation on technical aspects to make it look like
any standard Bollywood film. His latest film 'Satrangi Re' is the best example
of his work. Marathi Movie World spoke to Aditya Sarpotdar on the eve of his
film's release. Excerpts from his interview:
Q: How did you opt for direction ?
A: I have done my M.Com. from Symbiosis College, Pune. But, while I was studying
my 11th , I did a short course in Film making from Pune's FTII. Thereafter in Jr
College, I did a short film in English, which was sent for International film
festivals. Those days, I used to assist my father in direction. I also made
10-12 ad films later. After completing my college education, I joined ETV at
Hyderabad and worked as a producer there. But, when I returned from there, I
began my work on 'Uladhaal', which was my first independent film. This was
possible because of the encouraging atmosphere at home.
|Q Watching the promos of 'Satrangi
Re' indicates that it's a polished film like
'Uladhaal'. What do you have to say ?
A: Basically, my background is from ad films. Therefore, when my Marathi film is
released in a multiplex, I feel that there are other screens at the same place
showing Hindi and English films with good production quality. Therefore, I
decided to pay more attention on technical areas of my film. Whatever may be the
subject, but I didn't want my film to be falling short in these areas of post
production. Highlight of the film is that we have engaged the colorist Mr. Rob
Lang, who is an expert in DI . This is his first Marathi film and before that he
worked for Bollywood films like 'Bodyguard' and 'Aarakshan'. We have used the
best technical support, which makes a big difference.
Q: How did you manage the shooting schedule and how the locations were
A: Right from the days of script writing, we were thinking about Goa, to be an
ideal location for the film's script. We needed a backdrop of an urban touch,
with youth passionate about music. And, Goa was the right place, with sizable
Maharashtrian population. Having planned a 32 days schedule, it wasn't possible
to complete the entire shooting there. So, we planned outdoor shooting there and
the indoors at Pune and Mumbai. But, you will not notice that change, while
watching the film.
Q: How did you select the artistes ?
A: While casting, we had in mind that the artistes should look like real
collegians and felt that
Adinath, Siddharth and
Bhushan, who were recognized
faces would have a finest opportunity to prove themselves as natural actors
through this film. To select an artist to play a real musician, we opted for
Saumeel Shrungarpure, who is the nephew of Shankar Mahadevan and actually plays
music in his team. This is his debut film as an actor. The other artistes had to
undergo special training for three to four months and then we began the
shooting. To say something about casting
Amruta, we felt that they
were popular and well connected with youth and we also needed new fresh pairs.
Q: Would you like to share any particular incidence which took place, during the
A: Oh, sure. This being a young team, they really had a great time during the
shooting. This enabled them to have a fine tuning for their 'on screen'
chemistry. One incidence that I can't forget was when Adinath was shooting for a
scene on a Scooter . We were shooting long shots, when suddenly he had head on
collusion against a vehicle. We thought, he had major injury and may have to go
for replacement. But, luckily, he survived with minor bruises .The next day, he
removed his bandage and started shooting. Since the camera was rolling during
this shot, we have retained it in scroll on. at the end of the film.
Q : Tell us, why should people watch 'Satrangi Re' ?
A: People from all age group should see this film, because it is not a youth
film; but, it talks about the tuning between parents and their children. When
the children complete their graduation, a time comes when they have to decide
their future. At this juncture, parents have their own dreams about their child,
while the child wants to pursue his passion. At this stage, what the parents
should do ? So, from parents point of view, we have also paid more attention. In
Marathi we have less youth films, compared to Bollywood and regional films.
Therefore, we tried this experiment . And, to see that, people should watch this
by Chetana Gavkhadkar © MMW