India makes about 1200 movies in a year and in many languages. One of them is Konkani, a language spoken in parts of the southern Indian State of Karnataka. Now, Konkani cinema is all set to see its first ever most expensive film. At Rs 3 crores (a huge figure by the standards of India’s regional language cinema), the movie, Baga Beach, will be directed by award-winning Laxmikant Shetgaonkar.
Baga Beach will be co-produced by India’s Sharvani Productions along with a foreign company (name undisclosed) and will have an Indian, French and German star cast.
It also became the first-ever Konkani work to win an International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) Prize at Toronto last year.
The movie, whose casting will begin in the next few days, is to be shot on the beaches of Goa and elsewhere. It will deal with the perplexing issue of tourism and industry in the Third World narrated through the lives of five teenagers that are intricately entwined with the sea beach at Goa’s Baga.
Shetgaonkar, who is at the ongoing International Film Festival of India at Panaji, hopes to complete Baga Beach before next autumn. There have already been enquiries from the festivals in Toronto and Abu Dhabi.