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"Along with actors on the screen, every person behind the screen is important”-Chaitanya Tamhane

“Considering that many things happen around us in the entire process of filmmaking, effective people management and proper communication play an important role. Along with the actors on the screen, every person behind the screen is important,” asserted the well-known Marathi film director, Chaitanya Tamhane.

He was speaking on the topic ‘Lessons I have learnt so far’ while delivering the ‘Vijay Tendulkar Memorial Lecture’ during the 21st Pune International Film Festival organized by the Pune Film Foundation and Maharashtra Government today at PVR Icon in Pavilion Mall on Senapati Bapat Road. Samar Nakhate, Chairman, of the Selection Committee, PIFF interacted with Prasad in presence of Dr Jabbar Patel, Director of PIFF and Dr Mohan Agashe, Trustee, PIFF.

“As a director, if I want to capture what I see on camera, I have to make sure that everyone who works with me understands what I have in mind. It's important to have everyone involved in the film process on the same 'page'. The crew of the film is as responsible because the vibes, energy and dynamics of the crew will affect the actors. The casting of the crew is responsible for giving creative space during filmmaking. It’s basically teamwork and if it does not happen with the way of working of the crew then it will be problematic.”

Speaking on the points one needs to learn during filmmaking, Chaitanya said it’s important to ‘Know Oneself’. “You have to understand yourself and your way of working. You have to know your temperament, ways to deal with pressures, interferences and feedback to be at the optimum level. I follow a Mantra that is ‘I don’t know the answer and I am going to find it through a process, which will give me my space. We have to do it ourselves because there is no other way,” he said.

Saying that he does lots of preparation before everything, Tamhane said, “Always remember two things: test test test...prep prep prep. This will give you the satisfaction to make things right. Conceptualization, scripting and production process of the film should be done properly along with rigorous preparation beforehand.”

Tamhane also advised the audience to believe in themselves. “Many people will come in your way and tell you that you are wrong and there will be many difficulties but it is important to believe in oneself and keep expanding one’s knowledge base as a filmmaker,” he said.


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