Film actor Atul Kulkarni while speaking at the inaugural function of Women’s Day Film Festival organised by the Cinephile Film Club of Entertainment Society of Goa in memory of Late Mandatai Bandekar spoke about what goes into making a film. “It takes a lot of hard work to create a film, unlike writing where penning down your opinion is the final step. In film production it is a collective effort of the production crew including producers, singers, musicians and they have to work in union,” he said. Kulkarni highlighted the works of directors of Marathi cinema like Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar. “They used to create films at a time when there were no multiplexes. They trained the youth to face the camera and brought forth their talent to the Marathi film industry. Over the years, they have contributed immensely to the betterment of Marathi cinema,” he said.
Kulkarni said that he doesn’t believe in the ‘director’s actor concept’. “Actors shouldn’t do whatever the director says. If they have an idea or if they feel that something could be done in a better way they must share it with the director,” he said. Speaking at the function, film director from Pune, Sumitra Bhave expressed happiness over her films being screened at the festival. She also said that as we celebrate Women’s Day, a similar day has to be dedicated to men as well. Sumitra Bhave was felicitated by speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly, Pramod Sawant for her outstanding contribution towards the enhancement of the industry. The inaugural function was followed by the screening of the Marathi film ‘Devrai’.
On March 9, Astu will be screened at 6.30 p.m., on March 10, Doghi will be screened at 6.30 p.m. and Samhita will be screened on March 11 at 6.30 p.m. All these films will be screened at Maquinez Palace -Panaji. The Sumitra Bhave retrospective will be held in 1930 K Sera Sera Vasco with the screening of Devrai on March 9, Samhita on March 10 and Doghi on March 11. This event is organised in association with Manda and Narayan Bandekar Charitable Trust.
(The festival is open to all.)