In 2009, Paresh Mokashi’s Marathi film, Harishchandrachi Factory, that depicted the struggle of Late Dadasaheb Phalke in making Raja Harishchandra (India’s first full-length feature film) in 1913, received tremendous acclaim, and even bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film In Marathi. Now, after six years, the director is set to make his Hindi debut with a film, tentatively titled Bhaykatha Heer Ranjha Ki.
The movie is a satirical take on how politics affect the lives of common people living near international borders. “The film is not an adaptation of Heer-Ranjha’s love story. There is an element of romance, but the film is essentially about people who unknowingly trespass on enemy land, and are put in prison. They are treated like terrorists or spies for no fault of theirs,” says Paresh.The director, Paresh, who is currently shooting at the Wagah border, says this is the first time he has visited the border. He says, "I find all borders funny because, in the bigger scheme of things, it really does not matter who is on the other side of the line... nature strikes all equally."