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Directors Suhrud Godbole and Vaibhav Khisti of Marathi film ‘June’ which was screened in the Indian Panorama Feature Film section of the 51st edition of IFFI stated that through their film they want to portray that if there is a part of you that’s broken and which needs healing, that process will happen. All that is needed is for one to be open and have a conversation.

“Human to human contact is more necessary than ever. Our film talks about people having conversations again. Many a time, we don’t know whom to speak with, how to share what we are feeling. In a world where we individuals have become islands, all of us need someone in our life. Our attempt was to make a film very relatable to today’s generation and circumstances,” said Godbole.

Stating that the tagline of the film is ‘Healing is Beautiful’, Godbole said that that there are many angles to it. “We need to seek  help and healing. Often, we remain in a zone of self-pity and destruction. Do not be afraid to let go of your guilt and inner demons and let the healing process start. It can make you feel better, but you have to let the process to happen”.

Khisti meanwhile expressed his happiness over the film being on a big screen. “After the pandemic, we never knew what would happen. To come here and see it on a big screen with the IFFI audience has been the highlight. Thanks to the IFFI committee for selecting our film,” he said. Godbole also praised the IFFI organisers for infusing energy into a festival being held amidst the pandemic.

Interacting with the media, lead actor Siddharth Menon said: “Every second was very pleasurable, and taking on a difficult role is what I like. The script came from a very intense personal space. There was something about the script that consumed me and everyone on the team, and things just moved from there.”

Also present was writer of the film Nikhil Mahajan who spoke about the challenge in making meaningful films in the industry: “What we are trying to do is to make meaningful cinema commercially accessible,” he said.