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My film not a remake of Satte Pe Satta: Sachin

Actor, director and producer Sachin Pilgaonkar says his upcoming Marathi film Amhi Satpute is his adaptation of English movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and not a remake of Satte Pe Satta.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2008 01:35 PM IST

Actor-filmmaker Sachin Pilgaonkar says his upcoming Marathi film Amhi Satpute is his adaptation of English movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and not a remake of hit multi-starrer Satte Pe Satta.

"Satte Pe Satta was also an inspiration from the English film and Amhi Satpute is my interpretation of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Satte Pe Satta had a crime angle. My film is a musical comedy with a village feel," he told PTI.

Satte Pe Satta, produced by NC Sippy and directed by Raj Sippy and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini among others was on a much larger canvas, said the filmmaker who played Bachchan's youngest brother in the film.

"I cannot match those standards in terms of budget. Amhi Satpute, with a backdrop of rural Maharashtra, is a entertainer which caters to the Marathi audience."

If Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Satte Pe Satta told the story of seven brothers, my film has seven sisters. Ashok Saraf (veteran Marathi actor) plays the father of the seven girls," he said.

Sachin is confident that the on-screen chemistry between him, his actress-wife Supriya and Saraf, the comic timing between the three as evident from the numerous films they have done together, and the freshness of her actors on screen will go down well with the audience.

He said singer Sonu Nigam has given playback to the six brothers.

"There is one sad comic song. Sonu has sung in voices of Kumar Sanu, Shabbir Kumar, Nitin Mukesh, Adnan Sami," said Sachin, who shot into fame after the mega hit Bhojpur film Nadiya Ke Paar. Sachin said for the first time in Marathi films, some sequences in his movie have been shot using an helicam.

He agreed that Marathi films lagged behind in promotion and publicity.

"Marathi filmmakers cannot match the promotion and marketing budget of Hindi films. Most Hindi films have a budget of at least Rs 2 crore set aside for promotion. Our films' total budget cannot exceed Rs 50 lakh. Hence, excessive promotion and marketing is not affordable for us."

Sachin said pre-release marketing and promotion of films is not a guarantee for box-office success. "Audience does not fall prey to publicity tactics. They know which film is worth their money."He said he has never faced any problem in releasing his films in Mumbai. There are several theatres which are keen to show Marathi movies.

Asked whether this can be attributed to the fact that he was a much bigger name in Marathi film industry and well known in Bollywood, Sachin said, "I don't think so. Several Marathi films get released in Mumbai and nearby areas.

There were three films last week. I, too, wanted to release my film on April 11. But, I decided against it because I did not want to divide Marathi audiences."

On whether he is planning to comeback to prime time Hindi programming on television, Sachin, who produced and directed Tu Tu Main Main, a saas-bahu satire on Star Plus, much before Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, said he was concentrating only on films at the moment.Eka Peksha Ek a dance show on Zee Marathi, produced by me is on air at the moment. I am thrilled with the TRPs the show is getting," he said.

Sachin, who won the first season of dance show Nach Baliye with wife Supriya, agreed that reality shows were a flavour of the season on television.

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