Category Archives: Interviews

Is Siddharth Chandekar emerging as the most promising actor?

siddharth chandekar actorThough Ankush Choudhari plays the lead actor of the ‘Classmates’ team, the actor who has been inviting the attention of audience is Siddharth Chandekar. Siddharth began his acting career in films through a Milind Ukey’s film ‘Hamne Jeena Seekh Liya’. But then, he was a teenager. Siddharth’s actual journey as an actor began with the serial ‘Agnihotra’ and Avadhoot Gupte’s film ‘Zenda’. Then , we saw him in Atul Sarpotdar’s film ‘Satarangee Re’ based on young collegians.
Later, films like ‘Balgandharva ‘ and ‘Doosari Goshta’ offered him limited scope. Last year, his film ‘Bavare Prem He’ was released, presenting him as a solo hero opposite Urmila Kanetkar-Kothare. In spite of good performance, his talent went noticed, as the film didn’t do well, at ticket window. But, after release of ‘Classmates’, everybody is talking about his performance. Though there are other popular Marathi actors in this film, Siddharth stands out, with his all round performance. He has displayed emotions and humour simultaneously, clearly indicating that he is there to stay in Marathi film industry, for a long long time.
Having seen the promo of his forthcoming film ‘Sata Lota Pan Sagala Khota’, there is plenty of scope for his character, to create instant comedy. And, we have seen the glimpse of it in ‘Classmates’. In short, Siddharth is all set to rock, during the beginning of this new year . It will not be surprising to see him as the Number one hero of Marathi films, in years to come..

“I sacrificed my acting career, for writing songs” – Guru Thakur

guru-thakur-pictureHe started his career as a newspaper columnist. He also is termed as a cartoonist, caricaturist, voice-over artist, script writer but he rose to enormous fame with his song writing skills as a lyricist. He is Guru Thakur. This multi faceted personality was a writer, for the popular television serial Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre. He has also scripted a popular marathi drama Bhaiyya Haat Paay Pasari. Marathi film Natrang became a sort of landmark film in the industry gaining loads of popularity. with Ajay-Atul’s music, Guru Thakur’s lyrics set a new trend, as he was also responsible for the movie’s screenplay too. One of the few personalities who have tasted success in entire marathi entertainment medium and winner of more than a dozen of awards, was talking exclusively to MarathiMovieWorld.

MMW: You are undoubtedly one of the leading lyricists of marathi films. Where do you think, the song writing is heading ?
GT : It feels good, when your work is appreciated and that induces you to work harder. Sadly enough, the senior writers have stopped writing, which makes this job still more difficult.

MMW: But a lot of new writers are thronging the field. Who do you think is good in the new lot ?
GT: It’s a mixed reaction. Quite a few new lyricists are good. They have done a good job and are appreciated. But I think, majority of them lack consistency. After initial spark, they seem to fizzle out. May be, they succumb to catering to the demand of young generation, who presumably are not inclined towards pure, unadulterated marathi. One should not bog down to the temptations. There should be more effort to sustain quality. And importantly, anything written with passion is invariably appreciated by even young generation.

MMW: Are you averse to non-marathi singers ?
GT : No. I have no issues and all of them have proved their talent. In fact, in my upcoming movie Shalee, there’s only one song and that too is sung by Roop Kumar Rathod.

MMW: But don’t they have problems with pronunciations? Because late Kishore Kumar used to be scared of pronouncing certain marathi words .
GT: Well, sometimes it’s difficult for them.

MMW: In that case, do you attend all recordings ?
GT: Earlier I was not very particular about attending recordings, but couple of incidents of non-suitable words, used at the last moment due to time pressure, made me realise that if I am around, and if required, alternate word can be provided by me, on the spot.

MMW: What do you prefer, writing before hand or writing on a tune?
GT: When you are just writing, then there are no boundaries. I can write as per the requirement of the script. And while writing on a tune, you have to fit in the words, as per the ‘meter’. But, I relish both.

MMW: You have done more than 50 films. Any favourite music director?
GT: I have worked with almost every music director and all of them are good and am happy with everybody.

MMW: Your next projects….
GT: About 10-12 films. Upcoming EkTara has thrown a challenge to me. It’s a musical and has 11 songs out of which I have written 9.

MMW: That’s great. Your personality must be giving complex to quite a few heroes in the industry. And we have has seen you on screen too. Any chances of changing the profession?
GT: Actually I am an actor and have done a few assignments. I used to like writing too. The producers, directors imbibed on me that since there is dearth of good writers, I should concentrate on writing, because according to them I was good at it. They say, there are plenty of actors available for a single project, but same can’t be said about Writers. So,I sacrificed my acting career, for writing songs.

‘Whatever you do, try to give your best’ – Suruchi Adarkar

suruchi adarkar, actressSuruchi Adarkar has now-a-days become very popular as ‘Aditi Dabholkar’ in the Zee Tv serial ‘Ka re Durava’. Born and brought up in Thane, Suruchi did her schooling from Saraswati Vidyalaya, Kalwa, and completed her Master of Arts with English Literature from Vaze Kelkar College. She would complete her PhD shortly. During her school days Suruchi actively participated in dramas, singing and dancing competitions in the annual gatherings. She also participated in other extracurricular activities. However, during college days, this couldn’t happen. Her father is the Principal in a Law college and mother is a House wife, while younger brother is doing his engineering.
Suruchi began her acting career in 2007, through a commercial play ‘Avagha Rang Ekchi Zhala’ produced by Prabhakar Panshikar.

Marathi Movie World spoke to this talented actress. The excerpts from the interview are as below:

Q: When did you begin your acting career?
A: Actually, I had never thought about doing career in acting, but wanted to do something creative. After completing my college, I got a call for audition for Prabhakar Panshikar’s Production ‘Avagha Rang Ekchi Zhala’ a commercial play, for doing the sister’s role. That was the beginning of my acting career. After that first performance, I acted on small screen in various TV serials, like DD Metro channel’s and Purva Gokhale produced serial ‘Pehchhan’ as Vidya, Star Pravah serial ‘Olakh’ ‘Aapala buwa asa ahe’ on ETv, ‘Kunku’ and ‘Janmagath’. During 2013, I acted in a Marathi film ‘Maat’ as a Sameer Dharmadhikari’s friend. Presently, I am doing the role of Aditi Dabholkar in the serial ‘Ka Re Durava’ on Zee Tv. The ‘jodi’ of Ja i- Aditi from this serial has become very popular, now a days.

Q: How much support you receive from your family? Do they encourage you?
A: Yes, without the support of my parents, I would not have opted for this acting career. My parents said ‘Do whatever you like, we are always with you. Even if failure happens, don’t get upset.’ This is the reason I am never afraid of failures. Most important thing is when I decided to choose acting as my career, my father fully supported me, my mother was worried about me, like any typical mother, but did not oppose.

Q: Have you also done any Hindi film?
A: Yes, I did a small role in ‘Tathastu'; Sanjay Dutt was the hero of this film.

Q: Tell us something about your current serial ‘Ka Re Durava’?
Actually I had gone for some other audition and I got a call for audition of this serial. When I went for audition I went through the script and I liked it. After ‘look test’ I got selected for the main role of ‘Aditi’. Working with Serial Director/writer Jalindar Kumbhar, is a very nice experience, as he is a very good human being too. I am very comfortable on sets, with all my co-artists; we work as a family.

Q: Besides this ongoing Serial, are there any other projects in pipeline?
A: No, currently I want to concentrate on this serial only, as it has a very hectic schedule for me.

Q: Tell us about your experience after joining this field? Whether it was a good decision?
A.: It is a great experience. One may experience good or bad things in every field. But by the Grace of God, so far, I never had any bad experience. Yes, I had to struggle a lot and everyone has to, for achieving success.

Q: Where would you prefer to work, on stage, TV or big screen?
Acting is my passion; I am comfortable while performing in all the three mediums. ‘Wherever and whatever you do, try to give your best’ , is the motto of my life.

Q What are your hobbies, favorite color, favorite food?
A: Singing and dancing; I learnt Kathak from Seema Parchure. My favorite color is blue and I am very fond of non-veg food. I love sea food, especially Goan fish curry. I always hunt for good restaurants for fine non-veg food.

Q .Who is your ideal? Who is your favorite actor or actress?
A: Not any particular, there are different personalities with different qualities, I try to adopt good qualities and learn something new from them. My favorite actor is Shahrukh Khan and actress Madhuri Dixit, because of her dance and acting. I always try to follow her, in my every character.

Marathi movie world wishes Suruchi all the best for her future career.

“People know you on the basis of your work, not name” – Pallavi Patil

More than her real name, people know her as ‘Runji’. So much has been the popularity of Pallavi Patil, ever since her Marathi serial was aired on Star Pravah Channel. Her smartness, her lovely natural smile and above all her confident looking body language makes her something special. Pallavi did show signs of her ability to become a lead actress, when she appeared in a small role in ongoing TV serial ‘Julun Yeti Reshimgathi’. Pallavi appeared in just few episodes as visiting cousin of Meghana during her marriage, but, invited all the attention, through her brilliant performance.
A graduate in Sanskrit from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Pallavi has participated in various one act plays, since her college days and has won prizes as best actress. Her best performance was in an experimental play ‘Meter Down’ for which she won the best actress award from Zee TV.

Before appearing in ‘Runji’, she has performed in commercial Marathi plays like Chandralekha’s ‘Prem Gandh’, Suyog’s Mangesh kadam directed ‘Prema Tuza Rang Kasaa’, in which Ashok Saraf played the lead. Very recently she played the lead role opposite Nikhil Ratnaparakhi in popular Marathi play ‘Tom Aani Jerry’. Best thing about Pallavi is that besides acting, she does find time for social work. She is associated with one NGO, taking care of hearing and speech impaired people. Perhaps, Pallavi’s parents being hearing and speech impaired, must have driven her to this work, for a social cause. Hats off to her.

Marathi Movie world spoke to Pallavi recently. Excerpts from an interview:

Q: Have you taken any specific trainer for acting ?
A: Actually, I was working with ‘Mithak’ & Adwait Dadarkar’s group, where I have learned a lot about acting.

Q: How did you bag this role of ‘Runji’ ?
A: I have done many auditions for the same. I would like to thank my director and the production house, who have shown faith in me and given me an opportunity.

Q : Are you like ‘Runji’ in real life ?
A: To certain extent ‘yes’, but not cent percent. Actually, I am not so bold and dashing like Runji . But, I can talk for hours, can crack jokes.

Q: Now a days, there are lots of social issue related to problems faced by women. What is your reaction?
A: Yes, there is endless list of women’s issue, from toilet to transportation, from home to work. But, somewhere we should start facingthem. Unless we suffer and raise our voice, we can’t get the solution. Most of females still keep quite. They are scared to come forward and raise their voice, against injustice. They should come forward and be bold to raise their issues. Basically, such people should change their mentality. And, it should start from our home.

Q: Tell us something about your film assignments.
A: I have completed couple of Marathi films, which are due to release. One of them, is ‘ Kadhi Ambat Kadhi Goad'(KAKG) a comedy film and another is Sameer Aathlye’s directorial debut film ‘Dhangarwada’ . In both these films, I have done major roles. I’m looking forward to hear audience feedback on my performance.
Q: Tell us something about your role in ‘Kadhi Ambat Kadhi Goad’.
A: I’m playing a lead character of a ‘full of life bubbly girl’. My co stars in this film are Ashok Mama (Ashok Saraf) and Madhav Deochakke. It’s a full entertaining rom-com film.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Since my Mom and Dad hearing and speech impaired, I know sign language very well. In free time, I visit the NGO and work for them. Sometimes, I act as an interpreter for them. I also love cycling.

Q : There was Sonali kulkarni Sr. Then came Sonalee Jr. There are two Swapnil Joshi and now we have seen two Pallavi Patil. Isn’t it? Don’t you think, this may confuse the fans? Do you have plans to change your name?
A: Yes, this is confusing. But, I don’t think one need to change her or his name. After all, people know you on the basis of your work.