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Meet the director and producer of ‘Gadhul’

Day four saw director Ganesh Sivaji Shelar and producer Swapnil Sarade of the film ‘Gadhul’ give an insight into the making of their film which forms part of the non feature film section of Indian Panaroma.

The Marathi film tells the story of a 14-year-old son and his mother whose relationship becomes turbid after an incident that happens on the death anniversary of his father. The screenplay is written by Shelar and Monika Ubale.

Addressing a press conference, Shelar said: “While growing up in a chawl in Pune, I heard about this boy who would talk to his mother like any normal child but one incident on the death anniversary of his father took a sinister turn, and changed his relationship with his mother forever. So when I got into writing and filmmaking I thought this would be a story to tell.” Shelar shares that through the film he has tried to portray mother-son perspectives. Both mother and son are right in their opinions, he said adding that the message he wants to impart through this film is that one should not judge anyone for simply being human.

Having made one short film earlier, it took Shelar one year to write the script of ‘Gadhul’ and seven days to shoot the film. He says the main challenge of the film was to raise funds. “Post production work went on for three to four months. We made it on the budget of three lakhs.” Shelar added that they raised the budget mainly on crowdfunding along with money put in by the producers.

“We recouped half of the money spent on the film when we won the best short film award in the Kolkata Film Festival.” Shelar is currently working on the script for his third short film.

Sarade who comes from an architecture background and plans to produce more films in the future, said that the entire team worked without expecting anything in return. He said: “We had a good team and they all worked for free. Everyone’s enthusiasm was high. Though we had a lot of problems, we sailed through.” He further added that the team received a lot of support from senior actress Smita Tambe. “She’s a professional actress and we were young. She worked with us on a 12 hour shift and on the last day it went to 18 hours.”

He further said that platforms like IFFI provide young filmmakers a place to showcase their talent. Disclosing his advice for budding filmmakers, Sarade said that filmmakers should give their team freedom.

Sarade added that young filmmakers need to look into their own lives to gain insight and ideas while ensuring that they have a mental connect with the film. “People who are getting into filmmaking have seen a film and they get influenced by it and decide to make a film. But they do not see anything from their personal experiences, they should explore. For films its important to have a personal connection,” he said.

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