A fter being a chief assistant to Mahesh Bhatt, Vikram Bhatt and John Matthew Matthan, debutant director Hirdesh Kamble has branched out on his own with Pranali – The Tradition. The film portrays the plight of sex workers in India and makes a case for the legalisation of the trade.
Nargis who plays the lead, is a devdasi who's lured into the flesh trade, has a child and eventually turns into an unlikely activist fighting for her rights.
It's a dream role for any actress but Kamble wanted someone who would focus completely on the project.
"Nargis who made her debut in Priyadarshan's Garam Masala, gave almost six months to the film. I couldn't have got this kind of commitment from an established actress," he points out.
Twist in the tale
Quiz him about the tantrums Nargis reportedly threw and the shoot she cancelled at the last minute leading to huge losses, and Kamble says defensively, "It was a tandav choreographed by Pandit Birju Maharaj. Nargis trained for it for two months. But a day before we were to picturise it she twisted her ankle. We had no choice but to cancel the shoot. We will film it next week in a fort. One has to be prepared for such mishaps."
Kamble is directing another film for Harward Entertainment tentatively titled Desi Marriage on culture clashes.
He adds, "There's a political thriller, Mumbai Tiger, with Nana Patekar and a comedy too."