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I have always wanted to direct, Sai Deodhar on directorial debut

Actor Sai Deodhar admits that direction is something she always wanted to do, as she makes her directorial debut this year

regional movies Updated: May 16, 2019 18:49 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sai Deodhar,Mogra Phulala,Shrabani Deodhar
Actor Sai Deodhar has turned director with Date, a home production

As far as actor Sai Deodhar remembers, direction was something that she always wanted to explore. The Saara Akash actor had also cleared the entrance test at Film and Television Institute of India. But, fate had other plans and she went ahead to become a household name with Hindi television. It was last year, when she got tired and frustrated of doing the same things on television. This is when she wrote the script of Date. Now, the actor is now ready with a film directed by her, has already produced a digital film, The Sholay Girl and is making her Marathi acting debut with Mogra Phulala. Here’s what she has to say:

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How did you come about directing Date?

I have always wanted to direct even before I started my acting career. I have always been in love with cinema and I am happy that I could explore three major aspects of it, this year. It was only last year, that I started working on a script and Date came about. I bounced it off to mom and she asked me what I would like to do with it. She encouraged me to make it into a film. I started my production house, Purple Morning movies and that’s how Date got made. I found out that there is a huge international market where films are screened and considered for awards too. I explored that, and Date won around 73 awards across the globe.

Was the shift of being in front of the camera to being behind the camera easy?

Honestly, it wasn’t much of a shift for me really. I come from a filmi family. My mom, Shrabani Deodhar, is a film-maker and my dad (Debu Deodhar) was a DOP. So, I grew up with the camera around me. I guess it was a very organic process for me. I was of course, extremely excited about getting behind the camera. Both the aspects have their own perks.

You are making you Marathi acting debut in your mom’s film. Tell us about it?

It is quite ironic that despite Marathi being my mother tongue I had not done anything concrete in it yet. Last year, when mom was working on Mogra, she had me in mind and I was on top of the world. Working in a project helmed by her is a dream come true. She is an institution in herself. She has been hugely instrumental in my work. I am excited and terrified about making my Marathi debut as I want to be accepted and lauded for my performance. I’m hoping Mogra gets me all of that.

First Published: May 16, 2019 18:47 IST