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The 'Unending Story' of Struggle - A Chat with MRUNALINI BHOSALE

Film making is an art, and filmmakers are artists who weave reel life dreams. Some filmmakers enter the industry to fulfill their passion, while some others will make films for a good cause. Mrunalini Bhosale falls in the second genre,and she is the one who made a purposeful attempt to enter the film industry to make socially relevant movies. Her directorial debut 'Kapus Kondyachi Goshta' is aiming high to mark its presence in the global film world, and it is undoubtedly the most appreciated Marathi movie in the recent times. In a talk with All Lights Film Magazine, Mrunalini opened up about her journey from a documentary maker to a filmmaker.

'Kapus Kondyachi Goshta', your directorial debut isliterally setting a new wave in the Marathi Film World. What is this movie all about? And for our English readers, would you mind translating the name of your movie?

Kapus Kondyachi Goshta, the name of my film is in Marathi Language, and it means, 'Unending Story'. My movie portrays the life of Jyothi, a young girl who tries hard to look after her family which comprises of three sisters. After the suicide of her father andmurder of her mother, she becomes the sole bread winner in the family. Like an elder male in the family,she safeguards and protects her sisters, and finally emerges successfully in the life. These kind of incidents are quite common in all nooks of the earth,and this compelled me to select this name 'Kapus Kondyachi Goshta' (Unending Story).

How did you enter the film industry which is undoubtedly male dominated?

The answer for this question will be quite long. Actually, our family is into agriculture sector for the last 45 years, and everyone in my family are very keen in helping farmers to reap the maximum. But the sad fact is regarding the eye closing attitude of Indian media towards agriculture. There are music channels, movie channels, news channels etc in our television industry, but there are no channels dedicated to agricultural sector. This reality haunted me, and finally it made me direct some documentaries.Through my documentaries, I tried to educate farmers regarding various cultivation methods, and I think this is one of the best things I can do to create advancements in the sector. Till now, I have directed more than 50 documentaries.

While making a documentary in a rural village, some farmers asked me to make a movie instead of documentaries. I thought about it and realized that it will give more light and exposure for my thoughts and ideas. Then my husband came on board as the producer, and then things went on in steady pace.

Your movie portrays a beautiful story which showcases triumph over tragedy...... Does any real life incidents, motivated you while molding this film?

Not one incident, there are many incidents. If you scroll through the newspapers, you will find many news stories about suicides and murders. But have you ever thought about their family member's state after the demise of the dear ones? I tried to exploit this unfolded arena, and told the story in a female oriented manner.

Do you have any plans to direct a commercial movie?

Kapus Kondyachi Goshta is not a movie which can be given an art house label. It has all the commercial elements and it will surely impress a normal movie goer. This is moreover an inspiring story, and I think it will give huge amount of positive energy for the viewers. Moreover, nowadays, female oriented movies are very less in number, and I hope Kapus Kondyachi Goshta will put an end to this trend.

Was Makarand Anaspure included in the star cast just to increase the commercial viability?

Absolutely No. Makarand Anaspure is one of the most popular stars in the Marathi Television and Film Industry. I told him the story, and he was completely convinced. He has done a small yet prominent role in the film, and it was done just because of his strive to be part of good movies.

Can this movie be considered as a mirror which reflects the struggles of women in India?

This movie is about reality. It is about boldness and self sustainability which women need to attain in life in full flow. The incidents in this story may happen anywhere around India, and there lies the significance of Kapus Kondyachi Goshta, the unending story.

 

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