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Watch out for these debut Marathi film directors in 2018

The Marathi film industry is looking forward to an experimental year as film artistes gear up to make their directorial debuts

regional movies Updated: Feb 07, 2018 17:43 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Dnyanesh Zoting,Shreyas Jadhav,Nilesh Muley
Rapper-producer Shreyas Jadhav will be making his directorial debut in 2018

From picking a new genre for their debut to making an animated film in their first attempt, these film-makers are going completely off the beaten track. While assistant director and writer Dnyanesh Zoting is making his directorial debut with a fantasy-thriller Raakshas, rapper-producer Shreyas Jadhav will be debuting as director with a motivational sports story film. We list few more artistes from the Marathi film industry, who are set to enter the directorial territory with unconventional choices of scripts.

Shreyas Jadhav: Shreyas Jadhav, has worked in several capacities in the Marathi film industry since the past five years. He has worked as an assistant director and also dabbled in music production (music albums Pune Rap and Veer Marathi), apart from many other aspects. “I deliberately did whatever came my way. The idea was to practically be able to understand the nuances of film-making and film production. It has been a wonderful process and I am learning every day,” says Shreyas adding that he looks up to the likes of directors Raju Hirani and Anurag Kashyap. “My debut film is a motivational sports story. I want to make a film on the lines of Mukkabaaz, where it will be a refection of society. I want my work to reflect my potential. I am selling my dreams through films.”

Dnyanesh Zoting

Dyanesh Zoting ( Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Writer and assistant director Dnyanesh Zoting is known for his succinct writing of Marathi film Half Ticket (2017), directed by Samit Kakkad. The young artiste is now anxiously awaiting the release of his first directorial project Raakshas, which stars Sai Tamhankar and Sharad Kelkar. Born in a small village near Igatpuri, Dnyanesh worked on the intrigue value of a jungle in this film. “I chose Marathi as my directorial platform because I wanted to make a film that my mother can watch. It is loosely based on stories that my mom has told be about their life while teaching at an Adivasi school in Taket .” The script of Raakshas was also selected at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab in 2015.

Nilesh Muley

Nilesh Muley is directing an animated film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, titled Prabho Shivaji Raja

In a one-of-a-kind initiative in Marathi films, Nilesh Muley is directing an animated film on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, titled Prabho Shivaji Raja. Muley shares that he chose an animated historical drama as his first project because pictorial storytelling is one of our oldest forms of media. And, somewhere we have lost touch with it. “Pictorials, storyboards and carvings are one of the oldest mediums we have used to pass on information. Animation is just an advanced version of pictorial storytelling. From caves to pictorial books, we have always had a rich cultural heritage of storytelling and with this film I intend to revive that,” says Nilesh, who adds that it was a tedious process but he is very excited about the outcome.

Rohan Mapuskar

Rohan Mapuskar, an assistant and casting director will be debuting as a director with a satire drama

In the industry for more than a decade now, assistant and casting director will be debuting as a director with a satire drama. “I have always wanted to tell a story from my heart and make the audience believe in it. I have been around, and understanding the film-making process. Now, I am finally ready to take the plunge,” says Rohan, adding that his film will reflect his roots and influences from his idol Vidhu Vinod Chopra. “I am not genre specific, I like films with logic. There has to be some thought behind the script. It should culminate well,” he says. Rohan’s film will go on floors this year.

Other Marathi celebs set to make their directorial debut in 2018

Musician Anand Shinde will be making his directorial debut with Nandu Natware

Anand Shinde: A playback singer, Anand will be directing a film titled Nandu Natware. The melodious singer and father of Adarsh Shinde will also be composing music and singing in the film.

Chinmay Mandlekar: “The script is ready and written by me. I am in the early stages of talking to actors. I hope for the film to go on floors by mid 2018. It is a very realistic film with a tinge of fantasy. It is neither an out-and-out comedy nor an out-and-out drama. It is a mix of both,” says Chinmay.

Rajesh Shingarpore: The Daddy (2017) actor will be taking up his first directorial project, a Hindi comic thriller. Rajesh says, “The film will go on floors in the first quarter of 2018. I am currently learning the ropes of pre-production, the nuances of line-up, scheduling, and shot divisions. Of course, all these terms are theoretical. The actual experience will depend on how I conceive the idea and take my vision ahead.”

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 17:42 IST