He belongs to Beed, a district in central Maharashtra. Acting has been his
passion since his childhood. He has been performing on stage at the local level
and has won many prizes. But, hardly did he realize that one day, he would be
part of a film, which won two national awards for best direction and best
actress; besides his name being specially mentioned by the jury, as the best
13 year old Hansraj Jagtap, a student of Champavati Vidyalaya, Beed was picked
up during the auditions from among hundreds of children for the most important
role of Krishna, in the award winning film 'Dhag' directed by Shivaji Lotan
Patil. The film also stars Usha Jadhav, who has bagged national award for best
actress. She plays the mother of Hansraj in this film; while Upendra Limaye
plays his poor father, whose house runs on the earnings of the last rites at the
only crematorium in the small village of Maharashtra.
Even before the official release of his film 'Dhag', Hansraj has bagged the Best
child actor award at the recent 'Ma Ta Sanman awards'; besides the film bagging
six awards in different categories, including best film. Hansraj came into
limelight, when his name was specially mentioned by the Jury while announcing
the National awards. His performance has already been acclaimed by critics,
while the film was screened at three different festivals during the past few
months. The official release of his film will take place during the month of may
2013. Marathi Movie World spoke to Hansraj to congratulate him on his
achievements. And the talented actor did speak at length about his experience
after winning the award.
"I had just returned from Mumbai, after receiving the Ma Ta Sanman for best
child actor in the film 'Dhag'. The celebrations at home and school were going
on; when I received another good news. I was at the school writing my exams .
and when I returned home, my mother served me sweet dish ( Sheera) while father
came home from his office with a box of Sweets (Pedhas). On TV news channels,
they were talking only about the film 'Dhag' and other achievers at the national
level. Finding my name in the 'Special mention' announced by Jury; was itself a
big honour for me," he reacted.
What next? And, he quickly responds, stating that he had just finished his 9th
standard exams and was preparing himself to proceed to Kolhapur and Solhapur
during vacation, for the shooting of a new Marathi film 'Kartavya'. Hansraj has
just been signed for this film, based on his performance in 'Dhag'. It may be
mentioned that the entire story of 'Dhag' revolves around his character of
Krishna, who doesn't want to carry forward his traditional family work at the
crematorium. But, circumstances force him to do that work, during teenage.
Luckily for Hansraj, he could find such a strong role on his debut in films.
If 'Dhag' finds its entry for Oscars, being a path breaking film, with universal
theme; Hansraj will go a long way. When Hansraj was asked about this
possibility, he just wished for the same. Last year , after completing the
shooting of 'Dhag', Hansraj was back to his routine at his native town,
attending school and playing his favourite game of cricket with his friends.
But, for the past one month; he is seriously thinking about his acting career.
Now, next academic year being most crucial for him; accepting new roles in films
simultaneously, will be like walking a tight rope. But, Hansraj likes to take up
challenges. With his outstanding performance in film 'Dhag', he certainly stands
tall in the field of acting.
Finally, when asked about the best Marathi film he watched in the recent past,
he mentioned about 'Jogwa'. His favourite cricketer is Sachin Tendulkar. The day
is not far, when Sachin will sit next to him to watch his film. "I am grateful
to the makers of this film, the director, assistant directors and all the
artistes, for their motivation during the shooting of this film," he concludes.
Marathi Movie World extends best wishes to Hansraj and sincerely hopes that he
and 'Dhag' both get nominations for Oscars.