Mangesh Hadawale: Ours is more an inspired movie than a remake

By Akash Bhatnagar

INTERVIEW: MANGESH HADAWALE DIRECTOR

The National Award winning director, Mangesh Hadawale, explains why he chose to rework a Tamil film for SLB as a launch pad for Sharmin and Meezan

The success of 'Tingya' and his short film 'Chalo Jeete Hain', along with the international recognition he got for his first Hindi film. 'Dekh Indian Circus' , has made Mangesh Hadawale a respected writer, producer and director. That Sanjay Leela Bhansali It is producing its next address, 'Malaal' , raise expectations. Excerpts from an interview:

Why 'Malaal'?

It's strange that despite 'Tingya', produced by Anand L Rai and Ravi Rai, being a huge hit, I did not get Marathi films, but Bollywood offers poured in. Even Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra admitted that 'Tingya' is among his top 25 films while Aamir Khan texted to congratulate me when both 'Tingya' and 'Taare Zameen Par' were in the running to be India's entry to the Oscars. Even 'Dekh Indian Circus' was feted globally and bagged four National Awards and even thought it did not release in India, never did I doubt myself. I was 25 when I made 'Tingya', I'm 37 now and wanted to arrive with a bang with a film which had the taste of Bollywood but my essence as well. 'Malaal' is the answer.

What was it like to work with SLB?

Sanjay sir is a university, his religion is cinema, his passion and energy are contagious. Our film styles are different, mine are more realistic, but it gave me complete creative freedom while guiding me.

Sharmin is the daughter of his sister Bela Sehgal, while Meezan is the son of Javed Jaaferi. Did your movie background ever interfere with your vision?

No Javed ji appeared on the set just a couple of times to wish the team. Ditto Sanjay, sir. Sharmin and Meezan are like my children, I have a special bond with Sharmin whom I call Shamu. Her being Mr. Sanjay's niece never affected the movie or our relationship. I'm happy and nervous about them.

Any additional pressure due to the success of your previous films?

I practice meditation and do not fear the outcome if I've given my 100 per cent. Imtiaz Ali who co-produced 'Dekh Indian Circus' told me that a director is like an archer who hits target sometimes. The film has already given me so much, whatever comes will be a bonus.

Any plans of re-releasing 'Dekh Indian Circus'?

The political scenario of the country is very different today, also Nawazuddin (Siddiqui) and I have moved on. There's no plan but after 'Malaal', who knows.

How similar is 'Malaal' to the original Tamil '7G Rainbow Colony'?

Mahaveer Jain who produced both 'Dekh Indian Circus' and 'Tingya', gave me a DVD of the Tamil film and told me that we should buy its Hindi rights. We've been working together for 11 years without a single argument and I trust him implicitly. I have introduced myself to Sanjay sir. '7G Rainbow Colony' was made with South Indian sensibilities, but the soul is pure. I've incorporated 10-12 things from it but the remaining script is mine. So, 'Malaal' is more an inspired film than a remake.

What is the contribution of SLB to this?

Contributed to the script and decided the title. I like short titles and this has a certain irony, since it is a love story and Malaal means repentance. Also, this is the first time that he composes music for another director. He is a guru. If he had not been behind me, this film would not have been what it is.

So, is it like an SLB movie?

Making a movie like Sanjay sir is difficult. He creates his own world and transports you there. Malaal is very realistic; That's why he approached me for that.

Any personal repentance?

I am what I am because of my father who was beside me when I received National Awards for 'Tingya' and 'Dekh Indian Circus'. I have passed away when 'Malaal' was in prep, so I can not share this film with him.

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