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Movies | | August 8, 2020, 6:10 pm
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 One has heard of a million likes in 24 hours, but producer Akshay Bardapurkar has been deluged with offers from Marathi filmmakers, who were earlier keen to find a theatrical release but got stuck in the COVID mess. This year has not been great for Marathi cinema with Bardapurkar’s own film 'Ab Aani CD 'starring Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram Gokhale being unable to stay in the theatres due to the corona scare and the subsequent lockdown and had to be shown on a digital platform after a few weeks. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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One has heard of a million likes in 24 hours, but producer Akshay Bardapurkar has been deluged with offers from Marathi filmmakers, who were earlier keen to find a theatrical release but got stuck in the COVID mess. This year has not been great for Marathi cinema with Bardapurkar’s own film 'Ab Aani CD 'starring Amitabh Bachchan and Vikram Gokhale being unable to stay in the theatres due to the corona scare and the subsequent lockdown and had to be shown on a digital platform after a few weeks. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “Around 20 filmmakers have directly approached us for premiering their films while others have approached us through content agencies. We, however, have tight budgets at the moment to bail out ready projects. If they are willing to sell at that price. I will be gladly willing. We are also producers ourselves and we will also look at creating exclusive web shows as well as films in the right budgets,” says the moving spirit behind the platform – Akshay Bardapurkar stating that he would be unable to reveal the names of the projects due to NDA clauses. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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“Around 20 filmmakers have directly approached us for premiering their films while others have approached us through content agencies. We, however, have tight budgets at the moment to bail out ready projects. If they are willing to sell at that price. I will be gladly willing. We are also producers ourselves and we will also look at creating exclusive web shows as well as films in the right budgets,” says the moving spirit behind the platform – Akshay Bardapurkar stating that he would be unable to reveal the names of the projects due to NDA clauses. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Bardapurkar who is the founder-CMD of Planet Marathi is also an established film producer with two other films in the pipeline in various stages of production. While his other film Gosht Ek Paithanachi starring Sayali Sanjeev and Milind Gunaji is on the edit table at the moment, he has announced his next Chandramukhi which is based on Vishwas Patil’s novel. The filmmaker feels that the confluence of cultures and the similarity of stories from the subcontinent with many other countries will help the growth of the content. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Bardapurkar who is the founder-CMD of Planet Marathi is also an established film producer with two other films in the pipeline in various stages of production. While his other film Gosht Ek Paithanachi starring Sayali Sanjeev and Milind Gunaji is on the edit table at the moment, he has announced his next Chandramukhi which is based on Vishwas Patil’s novel. The filmmaker feels that the confluence of cultures and the similarity of stories from the subcontinent with many other countries will help the growth of the content. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “Apart from that since we are an OTT, we are also looking at subtitling and dubbing all films and series in other languages especially Latin as it is extensively spoken in South America and they have a similar culture like ours. The stories and the demographics are the same. They love their movies and entertainment and even if they don't have enough money to eat, they will spend a significant amount on entertainment like how we do,” explains Bardapurkar. Clearly ruling out any non-Marathi content except dubbed ventures in the future, Bardapurkar says that the culturally strong Marathi content will get a chance to go global because of OTT. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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“Apart from that since we are an OTT, we are also looking at subtitling and dubbing all films and series in other languages especially Latin as it is extensively spoken in South America and they have a similar culture like ours. The stories and the demographics are the same. They love their movies and entertainment and even if they don't have enough money to eat, they will spend a significant amount on entertainment like how we do,” explains Bardapurkar. Clearly ruling out any non-Marathi content except dubbed ventures in the future, Bardapurkar says that the culturally strong Marathi content will get a chance to go global because of OTT. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 “It is a chance for us to make Marathi global. As such Marathi recently became the third most spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali and we know that if we can give OTT content to people wherever they are, they can view it at whatever time they want on whatever device they have. Bollywood too started in Maharashtra and there was no language for the movies when Dadasaheb Phalke made the first one here. I think it is time that we go over the top in promoting Marathi culture, cinema and content globally,
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“It is a chance for us to make Marathi global. As such Marathi recently became the third most spoken language in India after Hindi and Bengali and we know that if we can give OTT content to people wherever they are, they can view it at whatever time they want on whatever device they have. Bollywood too started in Maharashtra and there was no language for the movies when Dadasaheb Phalke made the first one here. I think it is time that we go over the top in promoting Marathi culture, cinema and content globally," he says. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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