Santosh Juvekar, one of the stylish actors of contemporary Marathi cinema, feels that time has come for Marathi films to start exploiting business opportunities in the international market. “If Bollywood movies can do remarkable business in the foreign market, Marathi films can also have their share in it,” he said.
“Efforts should be made by producers and filmmakers to reach to the audiences in new territories to ensure success of Marathi films, which are more competent and content-rich like any other regional or international cinema today,” Santosh Juvekar said while talking exclusively to Rang Marathi.
Santosh, who has films like Aayna Ka Bayna and Tendulkar Out lined up for release in the next couple of months, said, “I’m also doing a Hindi film titled Dekh Tamaasha Dekh with director Feroz Abbas Khan. Film’s line producer Sanjay Dawra had recommended my name to Feroz. On Sanjay’s insistence, Feroz watched Zenda, liked my performance and decided to cast me,” informed Santosh, who is playing a negative role in the film.
The enthusiastic actor, who also acted in TV serials like Yadaakadachit, Unn Paaus, Kyaa Baat Hai, Police Files and Vadalvaat, was first seen in the film Blind Game released in 2005. When asked about his dream role, Santosh said he would love to play characters like that of Al Pacino in The Godfather and Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
“Marathi cinema today has a very good range of filmmakers. All of them are making significant contributions to the industry,” Santosh thus praised Marathi filmmakers and expressed his desire to work with Samit Kakkad and Umesh Kulkarni in particular.
Among his favourite Marathi films, Santosh Juvekar named Zenda, Morya, Kaaksparsh, De Dhakka, Bhartiya, Shala, Jogwa, Dombivli Fast, Deool, and Pangira.
He likes Sachin Khedkar, Vikram Gokhale, Nana Patekar, Subodh Bhave, Chinmay Mandlekar, Sai Tamhankar, Kranti Redkar, Spruha Joshi and Mrunal Dusanis among actors and actresses.