A movie without a casting couch or underworld

BOMBAY: The filmi ambitions of 150 producers will be realised this Friday when Humne jeena seekh liya hits the screens, reports Nitin Patil in the Indian Express. The second co-operative venture in Hindi, after Shyam Benegal‘s Manthan in the 1970s, tens of students, doctors and engineers from all over Maharashtra have pooled in money to make the full-length feature film.

“I contributed Rs 70,000 for the film. But compared to the money I put in, what I got to learn is invaluable. The film’s shoot served as a real workshop for understanding the art of film-making. It was like contributing for a family ceremony,”  says Gaurav Khande, a student of Symbiosis College, Pune.

Based on the Marathi novel Shaala by Milind Bokil about the coming of age of four friends studying in Class IX, the movie has been made by the Spandan Parivar Cinema Movement at a cost of Rs 85 lakh. Besides about 80 schoolchildren, the film also features seasoned Marathi actors Milind Gunaji, Reema Lagoo and Girish Oak.

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