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Winning my first National Award was my ‘Rampaat’ moment: Ravi

Director Ravi Jadhav shares his Rampaat moment, talks about working with his producer wife and more

regional movies Updated: May 07, 2019 17:29 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Director Ravi Jadhav at Deccan Rendezvous in Pune to promote his next, Rampaat, starring Abhinay Berde(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

In 2018, director Ravi Jadhav made headlines for his project Nude. The film, which was initially embroiled in controversies regarding censorship, went on to become a critically acclaimed one. This year, the Timepass 2 (2015) director is back to entertain us with Rampaat. Ravi is excited and in a fun mood as he awaits the release of this crazy, fun-filled ride. Excerpts:

Which has been your Rampaat moment?

I would say the time when Natarang won the Best Marathi Feature Film at the 57th National Awards in 2009. It was a difficult moment. I had entered a complete new territory, before that I had a secure life in my ad film career. The film did well and I was still unsure of staying on. That’s when the National Awards were announced, I remember browsing through channels and I saw the film’s name flash. That’s when I decided to stay for longer, and have since then.

How has the experience of working with Meghana (Jadhav; wife) been, on this project?

I am pretty clueless about finances. I focus on the craft, given my creative background and she looks after the management and finances. The problem arises when I visualise 100 dancers, and the desire to shoot at international locations. Here, she bluntly tells me to stay within budget and shoot at Aarey Colony (laughs). She is extremely professional on sets and we both don’t interfere with each other’s departments.

You are an outsider, too. Have you incorporated your experiences in this film?

Honestly, after the success of Timepass (2014), I was being approached by many youngsters. I would receive several messages saying, we look good, we can mimic well etc. The craze of youth-oriented films also has been on a rise, since. This is why I thought of penning a story about these young minds who dream to become superstars. I want to send across a message, that it is not an easy feat. There is a lot of hard work, perseverance and patience required. One such incident which I incorporated is, was when I was not in the country, people were auditioning for Timepass 2, and were charging people.

You are always deeply involved in the music process of your film...

It is interesting, in the script phase we never write a song or keep space for a song. The process is, first the story, then the screenplay, and if we find an appropriate scene to convert into a song, we do it. So, instead of writing dialogues for that scene we convert it into a song. I enjoy the process of making music and get involved in it, too.

First Published: May 07, 2019 17:26 IST