Writers remain a neglected lot on many platforms, be it a reasonable remuneration, deserving credits, respectful appreciation or media coverage. Their community has always been vocal in lamenting these unfair practices. But as far media attention is concerned, there’s a writer, who thinks otherwise.
“It’s an advantage that people don’t know or recognize us. It gives us the opportunity to roam freely and observe the world to hone our skills and talent. I take it very positively,” said Sachin Darekar, who is awaiting the release of Aayna Ka Bayna on 30th November 2012. He has written dialogues for the Marathi film that has created a lot of buzz among the audience.
Talking exclusively to Rang Marathi, Sachin informed, “Cinematographer Sanjay Jadhav had recommended my name to Samit Kakkad for the job. Samit already had a very good screenplay with him and some dialogues also. He asked whether I would repair the dialogues or write afresh. I preferred to start again and he agreed instantly. Samit is a very energetic person and one can see that energy in the film also. It was a very good experience working with him on Aayna Ka Bayna.”
Sachin started with Marathi tele-soaps in 2001 and has so far written thousands of episodes for different serials. “Writing for daily soaps is a challenging job because you have to be very alert about the progression of the story. You have to work creatively and produce the content almost every day; so you have to think fast. This fast-paced style of working has helped me in films also,” he admitted.
His first Marathi film Golmaal released in 2006 and since then his creativity found a continuous flow with Bedhundh, Madholal Keep Walking (Hindi), Zenda, Morya and Arjun. Some of these films featured in a number of film festivals in home and abroad while some of them won awards for him.
“Avdhoot Gupte and I are very good friends since schooldays, and I’m very fond of his rational thinking. When he came with the concept of Zenda and asked me to work on its script, I was shocked. I told him it will be very difficult to make the kind of film he was planning, and even if it’s made, it might not be released. But he was quite confident and had already decided to go ahead. In the process, many called him crazy, but the same people later showered praises on him after watching the film. Avdhoot had the same determination while making Morya,” said the writer.
While Sachin has written the story, screenplay and dialogues for most films, he got some of the projects for writing the dialogues only. “In such cases, first I discuss a lot with the story-writer and director to understand the premise, the characters and their vision. Sometimes I take a month or even more to do this preparation before writing dialogues. And then I try to write as much as I can in one sitting,” he revealed.
Sachin has a long and impressive list of upcoming films. While he has been roped in by the makers of Madholal Keep Walking for a Hindi film, among his Marathi films are Atul Kale’s romantic film Asa Mi Ashi Tu, Rahul Jadhav’s socio-political drama Jayastute, Ashish Bhuyan’s youth-centric thriller Last Call and Satish Motling’s soon-to-be-released Priyatamaa and his thrilling take on the drugs industry titled Powder.
Sachin also discovered the lyricist in him when he got to write songs for a couple of films. An item song for Rahul Jadhav’s forthcoming film Vijay Aso and a song composed by Amit Raj for Atul Kale’s next Marathi film Asa Mi Ashi Tu are the two songs penned by Sachin. “It was a very good and learning experience to write songs. I was very excited and, in fact, experienced sheer satisfaction when I first heard my recorded song,” expressed Sachin.
On Marathi filmmakers’ increasing interest towards literature, he opined, “I think our generation is the last one to have studied in Marathi medium. Today nobody wants kids to study in a regional language. If we see, we have a very rich literature in Marathi, but unfortunately our children are more interested in cartoon programs than books. Therefore it’s a commendable effort if filmmakers are connecting people with their literature. The only thing is that the transition from book to film should be very careful. Such films must have as much impact as the original literary creation had and the new generation must be able to relate to it.”
The matured and talented writer said he had been trying to write a play since last many months but couldn’t do so due to other works. “I will be missing my deadline of finishing the play by this December. The first act is ready and now I want to concentrate more on it and finish it by March. I want to stage it during summer 2013,” Sachin added.
To a question as whether writers are paid well in the Marathi film industry, Sachin Darekar said it’s not about how much they were getting. “It’s a tendency to expect a hike with every next film, and it’s very obvious. You must know how much money your work deserves. If one gets that much, he or she should work on the project or should have the guts to simply say no to the producer,” he maintained.
Sachin also raised an important issue that the processing labs should ask film producers to submit the film writer’s NoC before handing over film prints to them. “As it’s mandatory for producers to submit director’s and cinematographer’s NoCs, why not of writers? This way no one would be able to cheat the writers,” he suggested.
Sachin expressed his desire to work with Bollywood filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar as he likes the filmmaker’s style of handling experimental subjects in a very commercial way. Sachin also narrated an incident as how, after watching Zenda, Bhandarkar had called and invited him to his office. “I thought someone was playing a prank. I didn’t believe I was talking to Bhandarkar. But after getting convinced, I went to his office to see him. He talked to me for almost an hour and appreciated my work in Zenda. I think it’s the biggest appreciation I’ve ever received,” Sachin said, while concluding the interesting conversation.