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Vasan Bala, writer of critically acclaimed films like Gulal and Raman Raghav 2.O and director of the much-acclaimed film Peddlers that never saw the day of light in Indian market is back with yet another quirky story. The trailer of the film was released recently and it caught the eye of each and every one, YES, we are talking about ‘Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota’. The film is set to be premiered at TIFF 2018 and then it will be released in India.
The making of this indie film faced many challenges but Bala did not stop working and eventually the final product is ready to be showcased, Bala and Prerna Saigal, the film’s editor, became parents before the film got made. Bala recalls, “Prerna, my wife and the film’s editor had to be admitted to the hospital on 14 May, 2017. Saiba, my daughter, was on her way. There was a narration lined up for a financer that very morning. Prerna said, 'Don't worry. Go for the narration, Saiba will come out only when I come back.' Prerna has seen my struggle to make a film since Peddlers (2012) and she really wanted me to grab any opportunity. I don't know what I was thinking, what I was even feeling, I was numb and hazy. Mid-way through the narration, Abhilasha — who is the costume designer on the film — messaged me: 'It's happening.' I left the narration. I was sure the financer was relieved too as he seemed really bored. Fatherhood is the best thing to have happened to anyone. Saiba has grown up with the film. The pre-production, the shooting and with her mother editing the film with her on the lap and sometimes feeding; Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a special film.”
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a small but promising film, as it can be predicted from the trailer itself. Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP is holding the distribution of the film, Bala says: “As a belief and as an ideology, I would call my film an indie but it is 100 percent studio funded. RSVP will do the distribution and release. They are empowering varied voices across genres, picking up films that don’t really fall into any studio template. Ronnie Screwvala is of an extremely fierce and independent mind, and that encourages us to be the same.”
He also mentions his mentor Anurag Kashyap’s mantra that helped him complete the film, he says :
“Keeping costs low was the first rule of filmmaking that Anurag Kashyap set (for his team). Your stories, your ideas, your dreams, guard them, don't sell out, be fiercely protective about them but keep costs low. Keeping costs low can be creative and liberating and not restrictive and straight-jacketed as one might feel. The best solutions come out of it. There is respect to the art and commerce and everyone is on with their A-Game on the set….. Believe in discovering talent in all fields. DoPs, music directors, actors, sound designers, art, action, editing…..costs can only be lowered if you as a filmmaker take 100% responsibility of the delivery of all departments….If a filmmaker can't spot raw, unproven talent then it'll be difficult to make any film within a particular cost. Especially ideas like this. On paper it won't say Rs 100 cr or Rs 300 cr, on paper it can only say unpredictable, fresh and exciting and 'unpredictable' can be anything. The opportunity needs to be respected and with that, the cost. And I lucked out with an incredible team, not just talented but good, nice people.”
The film stars newcomer Abhimanyu Dassani and Radhika Madan in lead roles.
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- Shivam
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