Sandeep Kulkarni’s mere presence is enough to assure audiences of getting something different from a film. He is among those Marathi actors, who have carved a niche for themselves by refusing to get carried away by unwanted trends of hopeless comedies and intolerable family dramas. Be it a practical doctor in Shwaas, a maverick common man in Dombivli Fast, a clever businessman in Gair, a struggling basketball coach in Ajinkya, or an ambitious professional in Premsutra; the actor has played all roles with great ease and proved his versatility. Rang Marathi talks to Sandeep Kulkarni on his recent release, his experience of executing its production, and his take on fast-paced Bollywood action thrillers.
“Since the last one and a half years, I wanted to do a contemporary love-story. I was nurturing the concept in my mind. As we all know, the meaning of love has changed with the changing times. People say they love their families, but in this fast-moving life, how much time they spend with their loved ones? The actual feeling of love is missing from our lives due to different reasons. So, while developing the concept, I thought of a career-focused young guy, to whom love happens accidently,” Sandeep said while explaining the germ of Premsutra.
The Marathi film, also starring Pallavi Subhash, Lokesh Gupte, Shruti Marathe and Shubha Khote, is currently running in cinema halls across Maharashtra. Premsutra has been directed by Tejas Vijay Deoskar; whose earlier film Ajinkya also had Sandeep Kulkarni in the lead. So was it a premeditated decision to work with Tejas again?
“Tejas and I know each other from the days I was doing Pratisaad. We are very good friends. We decided to first work on Ajinkya as Tejas himself is a basketball player and had good experience as its coach. After Ajinkya, I discussed Premsutra’s concept with him. Tejas liked it and he immediately started writing script along with our friend Prasad Mirasdar.” he informed.
Sandeep also added that they planned carefully and roped in minds like Mahendra Teredesai (from Goa) and Pushpak Gawade (from Sawantwadi), who could prove relevant to the film’s subject. Premsutra also has some actors from Goa.
Sandeep Kulkarni and Tejas Vijay Deoskar have jointly started a company called Kathakaar to manage film productions. Their first client was Premsutra.
“Actually, we formed Kathakaar all of a sudden. One of my friends was interested in putting money in films but he didn’t want to look after the hassles of production. When we approached him for Premsutra, he agreed but put all the production responsibility on us. This is when we decided to form Kathakaar, which acted as the line producer for the film. And it was a very learning experience as we had the freedom to plan budget, choose people, and make right decisions on marketing. Now we are looking forward to make more and different films,” Sandeep informed.
The actor keeps appearing in Bollywood movies also, and next he plays a RAW officer in Nikhil Advani’s D-Day, a fast-paced action-thriller; the genre Marathi filmmakers always love to shy away from.
“We don’t see such films in Marathi because they need a huge budget. And looking at the limited market for Marathi films, recovery is always a major issue. But things are changing now. Even Bollywood took time to change. Bollywood started valuing good content due to filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia and Dibakar Banerjee. This will soon happen in Marathi also because our efforts are in the same direction,” Sandeep Kulkarni claimed.