Sai Tamhankar, undoubtedly the most glamorous face of contemporary Marathi cinema, has two big and much-awaited films releasing in a span of just two weeks in January 2013; Ravi Jadhav’s just released BP (Baalak-Paalak) and Nikhil Mahajan’s Pune 52 that releases on 18th January. Rang Marathi talked to Sai Tamhankar on her experiencing of working for Pune 52.
“In Pune 52, I play a very tricky character. It’s a very intense role with impulsive shades. She remains lost in her own thoughts and it’s very difficult to know as what’s going in her mind,” Sai informed, thus doubling our curiosity to watch the film.
The film’s executive producer Suhrud Godbole had suggested Sai’s name to director Nikhil Mahajan. Sai met Nikhil and was selected for the role after an audition. “Nikhil is a very fantastic and jolly person. He has very interesting ideas and a very fresh outlook towards films. He is also a good human being,” Sai expressed.
From its promos and posters, Pune 52, the film produced jointly by Umesh Kulkarni, Girish Kulkarni, Shrirang Godbole, and Abhay Gadgil, looks like an international film. “This is because Nikhil has a good study on world cinema, and it has reflected in the film. Moreover, cinematographer Jeremy Reagan is an expert cameraman, who has used lights according to characters and mood of the scenes,” Sai explained.
The actress, who has Gajendra Ahire’s Anumati, Mahesh Kothare’s Zapatlela-2, and Sanjay Jadhav’s Duniyadari lined up for release this year, was very appreciative of Pune 52’s co-stars Girish Kulkarni and Sonali Kulkarni. “Girish and Sonali are very talented actors. Actually I tried my best to perform at par with these two experienced actors, and they helped me a lot. Both of them are very down-to-earth and cooperative. It was a very fantastic experience working with them,” Sai admitted.
“People should watch Pune 52 for a unique cinematic experience, for strong performances by all the actors, and for a totally different and new approach to filmmaking,” Sai said.