Sairat is not a trendsetter !
The other day I saw SAIRAT. Nagraj Manjule’s classic creation. How do I describe this film in words?? Actually no other word than CLASSIC. Well I am not going to review the film, since many people are doing that. Someone told me Sairat has manufactured many critics. Yeah manufactured. I know I am using this word because film banavtaana Nagraj la jevdhe prashna paddle nastil tevdhya prashnanchi uttare shodhtana lok disat ahet. But out and out it must be a great feeling for Nagraj & every single member who is a part of Sairat. At the end why do we make films for? Everyone should watch the film. Everyone should praise the film. Everyone should say that, “this is the film boss!!!”
Sairat has not only created a stir at the box office, but has also created waves & cyclones at every Marathi film-maker’s office also. How???? I will tell you how it is. Mumbai gets colder if there is a snowfall in Uttarakhand, likewise fresh & raw faces of Sairat are super hit & loved by each and every one, so all the new producers want to make a film with fresh & raw faces. I bumped into so many producers who want to make a film like Sairat. As in not content or story wise but with fresh faces… raw faces…because they feel that’s the trend and somehow I felt it’s an alarming situation. Is it really a trend??? If this is the trend then I should also follow the trend & make a film with fresh faces so that I will also have a blockbuster hit on my name. I started revisiting my thoughts.
4 years back when we made Duniyadari, there was a similar situation. When Duniyadari was buzzing at the box office everyone wanted to make a film on youth, college students and love stories. Everyone felt that this is the trend and the victim of that trend was none other than me. I made Pyaar wali love story. I thought that’s the trend. No matter what the youth is following, I & my film will create another cyclone at the box office. But no, that din’t happen.
Meanwhile there were super hits like TP & Lai bhari, so the trend was teenage love stories & south Indian action packed films. Oh boyyyy, I was getting confused. When I started making an action packed film that time films like Katyaar Kaljat Ghusali & Natsamraat broke the box office records & the trend was shifted to old classic Marathi plays turning into films, so I started searching for Marathi plays. I spoke to few legendries also about making a film on their play & by the time another trend started… Sairat. Hmmmm.. isn’t it tiring???? Yeah for me it is…. Definitely yes … so I realized that having a super hit film in your kitty is not about following the trend but I must make a film from the heart. It’s all about putting your heart & soul into the film & not thinking about the box office.
The other most important thing is the taste of audience. I realized that the audience, especially Marathi audience who is so closely connected to the literature as well as commercial Hindi cinema is looking out for something different but still rooted to Marathi premise.
Imagine story of Duniyadari happening in 2016 instead of 70’s?
Imagine Dagdu/ Praju teenage love story happening at Peddar road?
Did you ever see a sleek action packed drama before Lai Bhari?
Have you ever imagined sangeet natak coming on silver screen?
Did we ever dream of Shirwadkar writing for Marathi cinema?
Did we think of having a Romeo-Juliet in remote village of Maharashtra?
No… at least I did not…
All these films had strong content & were presented nicely.
So yesss I agree that content is the king in Marathi cinema but the presentation is equally important & so Sairat stands as a winner & not as a trendsetter.
Because, Trend is temporary but the Class is permanent.
And yessss Sairat is a classic film…
-Written By Sanjay Jadhav