Varsha Madhusudan Satpalkar is all excited as the much-awaited TAPAAL, her debut film as a producer releases today.
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Talking about her journey to film production, Varsha says, ”We were print media for the past couple of years and we had a decent standing. That gave us the confidence of venturing into electronic media, considering the reach it had. We started off with small films and ad films. We also thought that if we came across a good script, we would do it. We came across the story of TAPAAL through Mangesh Hadawale. He informed us that Laxman Utekar, who is the cinematographer of Hindi films like ENGLISH VINGLISH and BLUE, would like to direct the film. We thought of giving him a chance and went ahead with it. It was also made within our allocated budget.”
She adds, ”We were very clear that we wanted to make a film with a social message. We didn’t want to make a film which only offered entertainment without any recall value. TAPAAL fit the bill perfectly.”
Although the film is releasing today, it has already made a mark at the various film festivals.
Says Varsha, ”After the film was completed, we sent the film to various film festivals around the world. Our actress Veena Jamkar bagged the best actress award at South Africa Film Festival. At Goa’s International Film Festival of India (IFFI) our film was selected in the first attempt, which was a big achievement for us. Both our shows at IFFI were houseful and saw long queues of people wanting to get in. That’s not all. Our child actor, Rohit Utekar won Best Child Actor Award and Prakash Holkar got the best lyricist award for his emotional composition ‘Don Disanchi Sawali ‘ at the Maharashtra state film Awards. So the film has got recognition all over and we are confident about it doing well at the box office.”
TAPAAL is a story set in the 70s when we weren’t technologically advanced and used to send good old letters to our loved ones. Ask Varsha if we have become less emotional now, with technology and she says, ”I don’t think so. Because of technology, the mediums have definitely changed but we haven’t become less emotional. We are humans and will have emotions no matter how far technology advances.”
Produced by Maitreya Mass Media and distributed by Pickle Entertainment, TAPAAL stars the likes of Milind Gunaji, Nandu Madhav, Veena Jamkar, Urmila Kanetkar and Rohit Utekar.