Konkani film ‘K Sera Sera ’ to premier at 47th IFFI


The Konkani film ‘K Sera Sera – Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem’ is the lone Konkani film which has been selected at this year’s – 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) under the Indian Panorama section. NT BUZZ speaks to the makers of this film to know more about this movie and their efforts to make quality cinema
The Indian Panorama Section of 47th IFFI (International Film Festival of India) which will be held from November 20 to November 28, has selected the lone Konkani film titled ‘K Sera – Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem’, written and directed by Rajeev Shinde and produced by de Goan Studio. The film will be screened in the second half of the film festival on November 26 at 5.45 p.m.
The only Konkani film in the list was selected in the final list of 22 from among 230 eligible entries submitted from across India by a 13-member jury, headed by well-known filmmaker, Rajendra Singh Babu.
‘K Sera Sera – Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem’ is produced by the Goan duo Gayatri Pednekar and Rajesh Pednekar under the banner of de Goan Studio. Rajesh while speaking about the story of the movie says, “K Sera Sera’ is a story of two distinct individuals, one who believes in changing the circumstances with precise and definite decisions and the other who believes in drifting with the situations around and letting the circumstances decide the course of life. The film asks the question “Do we live life, or does life live us?”
This is for the first time that actor Rajesh Pednekar who is best known for his role of a dhangar in the National award-winning Konkani film, ‘Digaant’, has put on the hat of a producer. However, he confesses that he didn’t intend to become one initially. “Rajeev and I know each other for more than 30 years now. We also do theatre together. When Rajeev came up with this story, we were pondering upon the thought of who would produce it. At that time Rajeev said that we should give it a try and thus we started and made a point to give it a sincere try,” says Rajesh.
Rajeev who has done several experimental theatre projects thought of this concept and penned down this story with the thought of making a film. “The movie speaks about two types of people—those who decide their course of action and others who don’t decide and let life unfold for them. I always thought of this concept as it fascinated me. These are the characters with whom you can identify,” says Rajeev who teaches Applied Art at Goa College of Art, Altinho, Panaji and has even done a few short films which has won awards at previous editions of IFFI. His movie, ‘Dekhni Durai’ (1996) which was written by Pundalik Naik and featured Rajesh Pednekar, had won major state film awards.
Rajeev also states that though the concept sounds philosophical, the movie has taken an emotional approach towards the subject.
The makers of this movie brought together the best cast and technical team. The film’s cast and crew boasts of some celebrated names known nationally such as actor, Palomi Ghosh of ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’, director of photography Hari Nair ICS of ‘Shool’ fame, editor, Niraj Voralia of famed films like ‘Vihir’, ‘Shwaas’ and ‘Valu’, and two times National Award Winner, sound designer Bishwadeep Chatterjee, who is known for films like ‘Parineeta’, ‘Piku’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘3 Idiots’, ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ to name a few.
“We selected Palomi Ghosh as she suited the role best. Also after the success of ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ she is become the Goan diva. Hari Tari makes Hindi and Malyalam movies but he is based here in Goa at Carmona. As we were getting the best technical staff we approached sound designer Bishwadeep Chatterjee, who saw the rushes of the movie and came on board. To make this movie we have not compromised on quality,” says Rajesh who further agreed that the after the success of Bardroy Barretto’s ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ the benchmark for Konkani cinema has heightened and that the audience too, expects quality in not only story but also in technical aspects of filmmaking.
Goan actors who are part of this film are—Prince Jacob, Rajesh Pednekar, Salil Baban Naik, Leena Pednekar, Snehal Jog, Suvidha Torgal, Daksha Shirodkar, Leena Mashelkar, Mayuri Rivankar. Also, there are special guest appearances by John D’Silva and Fermino Goes. Other artists from Goa associated with the film are art director Sushant Tari, visual effects by Atmaram Sawant and Siddhart Turi, costume designer Deepika Korgaonkar among others.
Besides ‘K Sera Sera’, four films each in Bengali, Marathi and Hindi, three films in Kannada and Malayalam and one film each in Manipuri, Assamese, Tamil and Telugu are part of Indian Panorama. Some of the films selected include Roopanthram, Ekk Albela, Natsamrat, Irudhi Sutru, Ringan, Sairat, Pinky Beauty Parlour, Chitrokar etc.
A Sanskrit film Ishti directed by G Prabha is selected as the opening feature film of the Feature Section of Indian Panorama 2016. In the non-feature film category section there are 21 films. Manipuri movie, Ima Sabitri directed by Bobo KH is the opening film in non-feature film category.