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Pune has a soul that helps film-makers: Suvahhdan

Pune-based director Suvahhdan Angre will be making his Bollywood debut with three directorial ventures

regional-movies Updated: Dec 21, 2017 19:36 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Director Suvahhdan Angre has assisted on films such as Mangal Pandey and Jodhaa Akbar
Director Suvahhdan Angre has assisted on films such as Mangal Pandey and Jodhaa Akbar

A Shukrawar Peth resident, Suvahhdan Angre has worked as an assistant director on films such as Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). The Marathi film Aadesh (2015) director is now set to make his Hindi directorial debut with Billu Ustaad, film that throws light on child terrorists and issues that revolve around the same. Talking about the subject, the Marathi film director says, “In the film Baby (2015), there is a mention of nanhe mujahideen. It intrigued me and I started reading up more on the subject. While doing so, I also came across the killing of militant Burhan Wani in Kashmir.” He adds that the story line revolves around Billu and his friends in an orphanage, and how things go downhill when terrorist organisations come in the way. The titular role is played by Mihir Soni, a child artiste.

Having closely worked with Aamir Khan on the sets of Mangal Pandey, Suvahhdan tries to incorporate the former’s work ethics in his life. “He works with utmost perfection and that is why he is called a perfectionist. I have tried to imitate the ways he studies a subject and brings it to life on screen. Secondly, society at large has inspired me. Pune, in particular, has a soul that helps film-makers.”

The director adds that through his film, he doesn’t intend to preach or make statements. Instead he has tried to provide solutions. “It is not a blame game or a preachy film. I have tried and made a positive appeal and incorporated possible solutions to eradicate child terrorism.”

Suvahhdan is confident that it is the concept of a film that works. “I was keen on a concept-based film. I was often asked to cast a big name or a huge star but I did not want the focus to shift. My idea is to let the story be the main hero. If the story is good, the audience will automatically come out to watch the film, irrespective of star presence.”

Suvahhdan is working on two more Hindi projects, one tentatively titled Sadda Haq, which highlights educational issues faced by lower-middle-class students, and another titled Dreaded Gangster, based on the life of a mobster.


First Published: Dec 21, 2017 19:36 IST

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