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That ’70s Show

There is a thoughtful look on the face of actor-director Amol Palekar that finally breaks into a wide smile while installing comfortably on the sofa. Jokes exchange, the conversation turns to his latest film We Are – Houn Jau Dya, light comedy. “First frame of the film says it is a tribute to the work of Basuda and Hrishida. My idea of ​​a comedy was very clear. I could not do the mindless emerging these days.’s Not who I am. Not when I was acting, not as a director now. I have to go against the tide and have been successful so far. So when Sandhya (Gokhale) came up with the script for We Are On … I knew it was one of the old comedies fashion, which made her laugh and completes “he says.

Starring a cast including Ashok Saraf, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Makrand Ananspure, Manoj Joshi, Anand Ingale and Upendra Limaye among others, the film is the first comedy Marathi Palekar, and the maiden production of his wife, Gokhale, under his banner Anaan Nirmitee. “We are … reflects essentially two different ideologies – young people who are willing to take a challenge head on and the older generation would say ‘houn jau dya”, which means the same thing, “says Palekar.

The film recalls its own tribulations “common man” of the 70s. “Those movies were all that the 70 were not. On the one hand you have a movie out-and-out commercial and Amar Akbar Anthony and then there Golmaal, with the latter winning Filmfare awards too. Akaashwani theater in South Mumbai was a place where movies are shown parallel and won large audiences in the 70s, before the emergency, which helped popularize my films too. For example, Rajnigandha was playing there and people say, ‘hero naya hai, hai heroin but nayi hain Acchi image “. We do not have that kind of movie now, but we can try to make movies that appeal to the sensibilities of the audience while entertaining them, “he says.

The actor-turned-director is not in favor of remakes, it seems most popular among filmmakers now. “Banana hai woh Jisko banaye (whoever it is, they do). I have no problems. Personally, I’m not a big fan of these films. Moreover, the market demand and consumerism are terms determine the creation of movies now. Gets a little difficult at times. But I am happy and content from the old school that I will never fall into the category, “he says.