Filmmaker Nikhil Mahajan says his Marathi function movie “Godavari” is his manner of paying tributes to his shut buddy and mentor Nishikant Kamat, who died final yr on the age of fifty. Mahajan stated the venture was born within the wake of Kamat’s loss of life on August 17, 2020 and he wished to have a good time the lifetime of the filmmaker who he used to fondly name Nishi sir.
“That day, we misplaced our closest buddy, mentor and the most effective filmmakers of India, Nishikant Kamat. We have been very near him. When he handed away, Jitendra Joshi, who’s the lead actor and the co-producer of this movie, known as me and stated ‘Nikhil, now we have to do one thing for Nishi sir’. I stated what higher technique to have a good time him than to make a movie for him,” Mahajan instructed PTI in an interview.
“So, it is just about the place the venture began and it is an ode to him. We additionally named the lead character after Nishi sir,” he added.
Finest identified for steering critically-acclaimed thriller drama “Drishyam”, motion movie “Drive” and Irrfan Khan-starrer “Madaari”, Kamat handed away after a two-year battle with liver cirrhosis.
Remembering Kamat, Mahajan stated his loss of life was a giant blow to Indian cinema. “He was a senior to me. I actually seemed as much as him and his work. It was a giant loss and a giant shock for us. Within the final two years, now we have all misplaced individuals who have been near us. So it felt very pure to do a movie that explores the thought of mortality,” the filmmaker stated.
A philosophical exploration of life and loss of life, “Godavari” takes its title from the titular river that flows from Nashik, Maharashtra to the southern states of the nation. The movie follows the story of a grumpy man named Nishikant Deshmukh, performed by “Sacred Video games” actor Jitendra Joshi, and his household who attempt to cope up with deaths of two shut family members.
“Godavari is known as the Ganga of the south and quite a lot of the western Maharashtra inhabitants involves this river for the final rites of their family members. So it is the river that holds super cultural and non secular significance for this large demographic of India.
“And the film is about this man who lives proper subsequent to the river however he hates the river and the whole lot that it stands for. It’s the story of this man and his household who grapple with two deaths — one which they find out about and one which takes them abruptly,” Mahajan stated.
The theme of the film predominantly talks concerning the thought of custom and the way it’s one thing that is handed on by way of generations, the filmmaker added. “It’s important that we worth our traditions however on the similar time, I believe it is rather vital that we, as a society, additionally settle for modernism. We must also change with the instances, however whereas altering we must also preserve the issues in thoughts that make up our core.”
The movie was lately screened on the ongoing Worldwide Movie Competition of India (IFFI) beneath the Indian Panorama part. It additionally options Gauri Nalawade in addition to veteran actors Vikram Gokhale and Neena Kulkarni.
Mahajan, 37, stated the movie was shot through the coronavirus pandemic that made issues fairly troublesome for the staff. “It was a really troublesome shoot in a city that’s densely populated across the river. We had quite a lot of senior actors and we have been actually anxious about their well being. Additionally, it was a brand new manner of taking pictures with all these bio bubbles and restrictions.
“So it took time for us to get used to that. Working towards all these odds was actually difficult, however I believe someplace Nishi sir was guiding us all through,” he added
Requested why Marathi cinema usually presents tales which can be intimate in nature, Mahajan stated there isn’t a hero worship within the trade. “In Marathi cinema, there isn’t a star system. Folks come to observe the actors, not the celebs. It’s a tradition that has grown and enriched due to an exceptional drama theatre motion. It is stuffed with actually good performers.
“The viewers may be very conscious of the distinction between a star and an actor, and so they do not go to observe a star. Since there isn’t a star system, there may be additionally no hero worship of any type.”
The viewers is “developed” and have nice style, the filmmaker stated, including their expectations from filmmakers and actors are very excessive.
“Somebody stated to me that within the Hindi mainstream cinema, there are a thousand widespread individuals watching a narrative of 1 extraordinary particular person.
Nonetheless, in Marathi cinema, there are a thousand extraordinary individuals, women and men, sitting and looking out on the story of a typical man.