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Marathi film celebs who switched gears

Of late, several Marathi actors have donned the director’s hat, while directors have accepted acting offers. HT Café finds out what prompted them to make the switch

regional movies Updated: Nov 02, 2017 21:08 IST
Anjali Shetty
Actor Prasad Oak turned director with Kaccha Limbu earlier this year
Actor Prasad Oak turned director with Kaccha Limbu earlier this year

The Marathi entertainment industry has been seeing a new trend this year — actors and directors switching their roles. For instance, actor Prasad Oak made his directorial debut with Kaccha Limbu, while director Ravi Jadhav stepped in front of the camera in the film. In addition, director Sanjay Jadhav will soon be seen playing a hostel warden in Ajay Naik’s next project, Hostel Days, while actor Rajesh Shringarpore is preparing to debut as a director with a new film. Actor Pushkar Shrotri decided to step behind the camera to direct the 2017 Marathi drama, Ubuntu. HT Café talks to some of these actors and directors to find out how has the shift been and what their next move will be.

Sanjay Jadhav, Director
As an actor in:
Hostel Days by Ajay Naik
For me, it was like a break. I did it because I wanted to experience the process once. I do not intend to make a career out of acting. It was like a long paid vacation. I enjoyed myself, and, for once, it was fun to see everyone working so hard while I sat back and relaxed.

Prasad Oak, Actor
As a director in:
Kaccha Limbu
I came to Mumbai from Pune two decades ago to become a director. So, turning director for Kaccha Limbu was a dream come true for me. I grabbed the opportunity and I am glad that people appreciated my efforts; I was prepared for brickbats and bouquets. Also, I learned so much from Ravi Jadhav and Anant Mahadevan, who despite being National Award winners, are so humble and grounded.

Ravi Jadhav, Director
As an actor in:
Kaccha Limbu
The way Prasad (Oak;actor-director) narrated and sketched my character out, there was no way I could turn down the role. This role was difficult and challenging to prepare for. I had to give up sleep and put on 10kg to look the part. I tried my best to do justice to the role. But I feel that I still have a lot to learn as an actor. People gave their verdict when they applauded my role. But if a good project with good people comes my way, I will take up acting again.

Subodh Bhave, Actor
As a director in:
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
When I returned from the first day of shoot as a director, I thought of each of my directors and thanked them for making such wonderful films. Direction is not an easy job, and it comes with a lot of responsibility. I believe everyone except actors creates something meaningful. As actors, we just enact or recreate what the writer has written and what the director has envisioned. So, when I donned the director’s hat, I knew that I had to deliver a beautiful performance for the audience and industry. It was an enlightening and fantastic process. I am looking forward to direction again.