Zor Lagake Haiya, scheduled for release on June 12, revolves around a tree that becomes the bone of contention between an influential builder and a group of five children. The builder wants to cut it down and clear the plot for a multi-storeyed building. The bachcha party is determined to protect their favourite hangout. They find support from a homeless vagabond (played by Mithun Chakraborty) who has spent many a night in their tree house.
Director Girish Girija Joshi who wrote the script four years ago says that he was inspired by the July 26 deluge and the sudden media interest in issues like illegal tree hacking and clearing of mangroves. The message packaged into an entertainment capsule is that if each one of us can help save a tree, we’d live in a more eco-friendly environment.
Fake not real
In keeping with the theme, Joshi got a tree designed so he’d not have to chop down a real one. “It took art director Ashok Kadam and his assistant a week to 10 days to mould it from discarded bark from a log cabin and plaster of Paris.
It turned out so realistic that Mahesh Manjrekar, despite being a director himself, shot around it for five days without realising that it was a fake,” laughs Joshi, adding that when it was time to dismantle it, everyone was in tears.
The film has won five international awards on the festival circuit and been declared tax free.