Get the ‘Party’ started

Alisha Shinde
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

The cast of the Marathi film Party along with the director Sachin Darekar (centre) at Sakal Times office

Gen Z loves to party. It’s all about having fun for them, making the most of each day. Though there’s no denying that life was different in the ‘90s, with no Instagram to Facebook to show everyone how wonderful (and photogenic) your life is, it would be rather unfair to say they didn’t know how to celebrate life. But how did they party? When you think of it, there seems to be a very limited vision, that’s where Party, directed by Sachin Darekar steps in.

This Marathi movie starring Suvrat Joshi, Prajakta Mali, Akshay Tanksale, Rohit Haldikar, Stavan Shinde and Manjiri Pupala, is about four carefree friends who believe in carpe diem. They enjoy each and every minute of their lives together, even though they land up in a soup sometimes. 

Divided between two eras — the ’90s and the current year, the film traces the lives of these friends who  reunite after breaking up and losing touch for a long time. A tragedy brings them together again and rekindles their friendship. 

“The movie is about friends having a good time in an age that did not have the apps that youngsters these days have, which reflects on their strong bond of friendship,” Sachin says, adding that he believes the friendships that bloomed in this era were pure. He talks about how the scenes are based on real life incidents that took place in his younger days, and this is why the movie is very close to his heart.  

To bring the feel of the ‘90s on screen, the cast had to work on the way they looked, walked and talked. “Everything had to be in sync with that era. Since the film travels back to the younger days of the characters, I had to go on a diet to look the part. I believe it was all worth it,” Manjiri says, adding that she was thrilled with the iconic hairstyles that the cast had to sport for the film.  

Akshay says that all this was possible only because of the extensive workshops arranged by the director for the actors to get into the skin of the characters. Sachin adds that these workkshops were vital because the memebrs of cast and crew were working together for the first time, and the friendship required to be shown on screen needed to be backed by some amount of genuineness. But the workshops did more than train the actors to deliver convincing performances as friends-- it actually brought them close. 

The film is more than just a hunky-dory ride that will entertain younger and older audiences alike. “It is about understanding the sincerity of friendship and uplifting it and preserving it. The movie also sheds light on the serious side of friendship,” says Prajakta.

Suvrat talks about how real friendship never dies-- no matter what the distance or the circumstances. “Celebrating friendship is a party and the way you want to celebrate it is up to you as an individual. The young can learn from it while the old can relive their youth through the movie,”  Sachin says.

Party is set to release on September 7.

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