Actress Vibhawari Deshpande’s just released Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha, directed by Satish Manwar, continues to receive rave reviews from critics as well as the audience. Vibhawari plays the female lead in the film that focuses on the lives and problems of tribal people.
“Tuhya Dharma Koncha is based on the lives of tribal people from Nandurbar. It tells about their simple lives, their close association with nature and how these poor people are constantly under attack from different religious, political and social groups,” Vibhawari said.
She said it was a very unique experience to work on the film as the places, where the tribal people live, were far more into the interior from rural areas also. “It was a challenging task to learn and adapt their lifestyles, their language and costumes,” Vibhawari informed.
Vibhawari and the film’s director Satish Manwar are old friends. They know each other from the time they used to work with artists from Lalit Kala Kendras. “Satish is very sensitive for his stories. He has a strong social belonging. He feels for the rural and neglected lot of people. Cheap entertainment has no place in his films. He tells his stories with full conviction in his own style of humor or dark comedy. I really enjoyed working with him in Tuhya Dharma Koncha,” she admitted.
Vibhawari is now a known face among the Marathi audience for her memorable roles in content-rich films like Natarang, Harishchandrachi Factory, Deool, Balgandharva and now Tuhya Dharma Koncha. But didn’t that give a feeling of monotony as most of these characters were that of a typical Maharashtrian housewife? “No. These characters might have familiar looks but they all were different in nature and personality. All these roles had triggered the actor in me and therefore I did the roles. I will never do a role just to look different,” she explained.
The talented actress is also a writer and theatre activist. She has been writing and directing plays since last 15 years and is closely associated with the theatre for children movement. When asked as what does she enjoy the most, writing or acting; she replied, “Both, because both are very effective mediums of expression.”
Vibhawari Deshpande has also written dialogues for Marathi film Chintoo 2 that is releasing on 19th April. The film has been directed by Shrirang Godbole. “It is very challenging to entertain children. Therefore, I think, very few people attempt to do that. There is a huge scope for creation of quality entertainment for kids. Shrirang is working with children for last 25 years. He has enough experience in that genre. I liked working with him on Chintoo 2,” she stated.
The actress has never acted for television but has contributed some content for the small screen. “Content creation for TV is very challenging. It is the only medium of entertainment that reaches maximum number of people. We have many places in our country where people don’t have water to drink but they have television sets in their homes. So this bigger reach itself makes television a medium of greater challenges and high expectations,” Vibhawari observed, and added that she would always like to write for TV.
Vibhawari is currently reading a couple of scripts and is likely to do a film in June this year.