People were unsure of investing in a film about wrestling: Sujay

Sujay Dahake’s Kesari will go on floors post August 15. He talks about being rejected for making a film on wrestling
Hindustan Times, Pune | By Anjali Shetty
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2017 08:10 PM IST

Director-writer Sujay Dahake is known for his experimental films such as Shala (2012) Ajoba (2014) and Phuntroo (2016). This time around, the director decided to tread the commercial path with a fitness-oriented movie that embarks upon the importance of natural endurance over gym training.

Interestingly, the script (a collaboration with FTII alumnus Niyaaz Mujawar) was ready since the past three years. “I had this concept of a wrestler’s journey way before Sultan and Dangal was made. However, people rejected the idea because they were unsure of investing in a film about wrestling. Fortunately, the release of Sultan (2016) and Dangal (2016) brought in value for my film, in terms of producers. They were a blessing in disguise for us,” says Sujay, who started work on Kesari right after the release of Ajoba in 2014.

The film will go on floors post August 15. Talking about the film’s actors Sujay says, “We have cast Mahesh Manjrekar as the lead’s (Vikrant Madhe) trainer. Vikram Gokhale will play Vikrant’s grandfather. We also have Mohan Joshi and Umesh Jagtap apart from the other actors we will be casting soon.”

The film’s plot explores the various techniques of keeping fit. “The film talks about the difference between training at a gym, intake of proteins and steroids as compared to the natural training at an akhara and hard work at farms. Which one is the right way? Which path will help an individual in the long run? These are some of the questions we are looking at answering,” says Sujay.

Kesari is a journey of an underdog wrestler who climbs the many levels of wrestling to achieve his dream.

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