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Children are the best medium to convey a story: Mangesh Hadawale

A National Award winner for his films Tingya (2008) and Dekh Indian Circus (2012), film-maker Mangesh Hadawale is back with yet another touching and inspiring story

regional movies Updated: Aug 11, 2018 18:22 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Mangesh Hadawale,Marathi,Pune
Director Mangesh Hadawale’s Chalo Jeete Hain is a film based on Naru, a 12-year-old who is inspired by the writings of Swami Vivekanand(HTPHOTO)

A National Award winner for his films Tingya (2008) and Dekh Indian Circus (2012), film-maker Mangesh Hadawale is back with yet another touching and inspiring story. However, this time it is a short film titled Chalo Jeete Hain. Having travelled several international film festivals with his earlier films, Mangesh felt the need to show India and Indians in a better light to people aboard. “I noticed that the way people look at us is with a preconceived notion or something that they had heard of. I wanted to change this perception. I wanted to show people that we Indians have come a long way and are working towards a better future,” says Mangesh.

The film is based on Naru, a 12-year-old who is inspired by the writings of Swami Vivekanand. Sharing more details, Mangesh adds, “I have been working on this for a year and a half. I wanted to tell a story, and initially had not decided on the format. I love reading books and that’s when I read Samajik Samrasta by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I found the seed for my story from the first chapter in this book. I like to tell stories through children. I believe, children are the best medium to convey a story.”

Through the process, Mangesh travelled to Ahemdabad and Vadnagar in Gujarat, which is the birth place of Modi. “I wanted to experience his early days, his upbringing and his growing up years. Most of this was very relatable, as even I come from a small village and have seen poverty closely. Even I struggle with English and could completely relate to his upbringing.”

A still from the sets of Chalo Jeete Hain

The director has been receiving some great feedback from celebrities and commoners. “Celebs have been kind enough to acknowledge the film. However, reactions from the commoners have been overwhelming. I came across a youth who was so touched with these story that he decided to take his life seriously and do something of it. I am glad it has made this impression.” Has the Prime Minister seen the film? “No, I don’t think so. But, I hope he sees it soon.

Mangesh currently is working on the pre production of a Hindi film with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “I would like to make a Marathi film too and I have a few ideas. But I want to be able to produce it myself, so it will take a well.”

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 18:21 IST