The Marathi film ‘Yellow’ is an inspiring story based on Down Syndrome. This positive story of a relationship focuses on how every child has unique abilities, and how this uniqueness can blossom if nurtured by parents with patience and determination. The film has been selected for the Indian Panoroma section of the 45th International Film Festival of India, this year.
Directed by Mahesh Limaye, who has worked for 20 years as a cinematographer in Bollywood and produced by Riteish Deshmukh and Uttung Thakur, the story, which marks Limaye’s directorial debut, is based on the true story of Gauri Gadgil, a special child, who plays herself in the film.
The film released in April 2014 to critical acclaim and also won the Special Jury Award, while child actors Gauri Gadgil and Sanjana Rai received special mention at the 61st National Film Awards.
Speaking at a press conference held at Maquinez Palace post the screening of the film, both director Mahesh Limaye and the lead actress of the film, Mrinal Kulkarni, expressed their happiness over the fact that the movie has been traveling to various festivals within the country and overseas.
Director, Mahesh Limaye, speaking about challenges faced while shooting the movie said, “We wanted Gauri to act herself. Though she made every other actors life on the sets quite miserable with her stubbornness and refusal to listen, we learnt quite a lot from her.” He also shared that on the second day he almost thought the film wouldn’t happen, as it was quite tough for the entire crew who had never worked with special children before.
Mrinal confessed to being quite hesitant about doing the film, but went on to say that she is much more positive as a person after having working with special children in ‘Yellow’. “I sincerely thought I would get depressed after meeting fifty special children day in and out. But I was wrong. During the process, I discovered myself. They (special children) have a lot of positivity within themselves, and I am much more positive as a person now”, Mrinal said.
Director Mahesh Limaye, who has worked as a cinematographer on several Marathi films and Bollywood films like Corporate, Fashion, Heroine and Dabaang, said he was happy with his first film as a director.
“After having worked as a technician, as a director I did not want to overpower the technique. I wanted to focus on the story, which is why I succeeded as a director. This was my first attempt at dual responsibility”, Limaye said. Though the film is about special children, he believes it is a positive and inspiring film which teaches that we can achieve what we want.
Incidentally, Gauri Gadgil’s association with swimming began 13 years ago. Swimming was used as a therapy to treat her and she fell in love with water. She then took to swimming professionally and won medals at the Special Summer Olympics.