I had no choice but to deliver, says Vikram Phadnis about his film-making debut with the Marathi film, Hrudayantar
Fashion designer Vikram Phadnis took everybody by surprise when he decided to venture into filmmaking. Considered an ace designer in Bollywood, Vikram is a novice in the field of direction and production. However this did not deter Vikram from taking the plunge and making his debut film Hrudayantar. The film is directed and co-produced by him. In town to kick of the promotions of the film, Vikram spoke on the crazy ride so far and Marathi cinema.
The journey has not been easy and Vikram admits that making a film is a difficult process. “I had no choice but to deliver. I decided to move out of my comfort zone and don a hat completely unaware to me. I was taking calls on production decisions as well as direction details. It was a roller-coaster ride. I definitely did not want my first film to be trial and error,” says Vikram.
On choosing the Marathi industry as his debut platform, he shares, “Honestly, it wasn’t intentional. I started writing this film in Hindi, however, things did not work out and so I took it up in Marathi. My next film could be Marathi or Hindi. I do not believe in films being divided on language.”
The film has actors Subodh Bhave and Mukta Barve and Vikram believes he lucked out on the star cast. “I did not only need actors who could act. I needed someone who would become and play my characters. And, Subodh and Mukta have given me that.”
Ask him what he feels about the recent controversy between actors and singers, where each feel the other shouldn’t enter respective spaces. “I am in a creative field. There should be no parameter to divide a creative person. If one wants to write, sing, act, edit or play music, it should be an individual choice.” So, will we see him in front of the camera. “No way. I can’t act. I would love to be involved in all the nuances of filmmaking except acting.”
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