“We were just talking about the Salman Khan verdict. It’s unfair that such a big star, who’s clearly done something wrong can get bail in two days. You need to know that you’re allowing this man to set an example for the entire country––‘Do your crime, but if you have the money, you’ll never face punishment’ is the message. It’s so wrong!
We’re the common people––our children play on the street, our women are street vendors––what if someone famous, with a lot of money runs over them tomorrow? Who’s going to listen to us? Who’s going to be on our side? The government? Definitely not! So that’s the message then––the life of a common man CAN be bought.”
“Pieces of my life, no matter how scattered, are being stitched together and reflect in my work.
The biggest piece is my family -- from watching films like The Godfather on our dining room wall, to having a great relationship with my sibling. Or going on weekend trips with our cousins to the beach and eating all day… it’s been a crazy childhood; a ‘bohemian one.’ My love for the arts started at home -- most of the people we met were artists- actors, directors, musicians, writers.
The conversations my parents had about films were obviously more in depth than the average audience. Screenplay, performances, lighting, shot-taking. And before you know my brother and me were looking at films slightly differently.
A work that really moved me was Starry Nights by Van Gogh in MoMA, New York -- I had chills. I had a physical reaction to the painting -- my heart just flew out of my chest… And I started crying. I still don’t know what it was -- but I just felt ‘him.’ My biggest challenge was when I had my first panic attack at 27. It’s not something you can ignore, you can’t sit around and get sucked into a rabbit hole. I chose to get help immediately. It took a while to work things out but I am fine now. You realize you have to become aware of your inner monologue. The things you say to yourself. This raised my consciousness so it was vital to my growth, I would say.
Basically, everything that I’ve experienced has added to my work -- my relationship with my family, my inner monologues, my travels and my love for animals… It’s all in there.
And even though I’ve liked what I have done, that one perfect film is yet to come… and that’s the best part; it’s something to always look forward to. Something to strive for, something I can only hope to create.”
Fandry (2013) 🎬
This Film is about a teenager from a Dalit (lower caste) family, who lives at the village fringe, and falls in love with an upper caste girl.
Language: Marathi (India)
Written & Directed by 🎥
Nagraj Manjule :
The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Mumbai International Film Festival.
And National Film Award for Best Debut Director. :
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