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Sachin Bamgude, producer of Love You Zindagi, in conversation with Padma Iyer about the film and his expectations from it

How did you come on board Love You Zindagi?

I have a friend who has been part of the film industry for several years, and he introduced me to Manoj Sawant. He came to Pune with his team and in our first meeting he narrated the story to me. It is a very interesting subject and, within ten minutes, I decided I had to do this film.

What was it like to work with a debutant director?

Working with Manoj was a good experience. In the financial field, whenever we have to lend money to someone, we look at how much experience that person has in the field concerned and the business he runs. It was the same for him.

We studied his work and his experience. He is a technical guy and looking at his past record, I was confident that he would do a good job. When I saw the final product, I was satisfied with what I saw. He never gave the feeling that this was his first film. If another good script comes along, I would love to work with him again.

Did you feel any pressure working with Sachin sir?

Of course there was some anxiety working with a veteran actor like Sachin ji, especially as I have grown up watching his films. In fact, I was named after him because when I was born (in 1981), he was a very popular actor in Marathi cinema. When I got the opportunity to meet him for the first time, I was a little nervous. But meeting him boosted my confidence. He assured me he would guide me throughout the process of making the film. So with his assurance, I knew this was something I could attempt. He offered a lot of inputs about what to do and how to do it. Despite the difference in our ages, we are now friends.

As a producer, how do you look at the Marathi film industry today?

Good quality films are being made in Marathi. It is my wish that I make films on different and interesting subjects. My only regret is that the Marathi audience does not give first preference to Marathi films. Hindi films get precedence in Maharashtra. In South India, their language films are given first preference by the audience there. I want the same to happen for Marathi films. Though we make films on varied subjects, we can count the number of hits films on our fingertips. This would improve if there was more support for Marathi cinema from the people of Maharashtra.

What are your expectations from this film? What do you want the audience to take back after watching it?

Some people have asked why we didn’t opt for a Marathi title. Well, it just so happened that there wasn’t a suitable Marathi title. And Love You Zindagi was suggested by Sachinji. The tagline ‘shatada prem karave’ was suggested by Surpiya Pilgaonkar. And, today, language is no longer spoken in its pure form; we mix words from other languages. This movie is about today’s generation and hence the title. You will enjoy the film with your family, every scene will bring a smile to your face; I guarantee that.

I have a lot of expectations from Love You Zindagi. This movie is a milestone in my life. When people see the film, they will enjoy it and laugh with it. When they leave the theatres, they will have a smile on their faces and think of it as paisa vasool.

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