‘People want to invest in Marathi web series’

Debarati Palit Singh
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, who stars in Marathi web series Hutatma premiering today, talks about the story, his onscreen character and his plans to produce Marathi web series

The phenomenal success of some of the English and Hindi web series has already proved the potential of the medium and now, regional web series are trying to catch up too. Marathi web series are finding a lot of takers and makers are even experimenting in the medium.

ZEE5 is launching their Marathi Original Show — Hutatma on May 1 which is celebrated as Maharashtra Divas. The series stars Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Anjali Patil, Abhay Mahajan, Dr Mohan Agashe, Sachin Khedekar, Vikram Gokhale and others. 

Set against the backdrop of Samyukta Maharashtra Movement, it highlights the agitation in 1956 started by the people of the state and the sequence of events that led to the formation of Maharashtra. It’s based on Meena Deshpande’s hard-hitting Marathi novel by the same name. 

Vaibhav, who plays the role of a comrade in the series, says, “Samyukta Maharashtra was a major movement in the country. The series talks about the movement and has a very interesting plot but some of the characters are fictitious. Of course, we haven’t tampered with the backdrop of the incident.”  

The actor says that because it was a period drama, he had to be careful about many aspects while playing the character. “Most importantly, I had to stay true to the thought process of the character. The physical aspect was taken care of by the costume department. But the priorities of the 1950s were completely different — I had to understand that and gradually get under the skin of the character,” he adds. 

How much did he know about the Samyukta Maharashtra movement before signing the series?

“I knew of it to a certain extent but was not aware of the nitty-gritty,” he says and adds, “The moment our director Jayaprad Desai narrated the story, I knew it had to be told. Not many people really know about the movement in detail.”

He is happy that those who have watched the first episode are spell-bound. “The director has done a great job and a lot of people are going to love it. Also, since the youth are hooked to this medium, it will help,” he says.

Vaibhav believes that web is a great platform to tell interesting and important stories. “In big cities like Mumbai, people are busy from Monday to Saturday and are too tired to go out and watch a movie on Sunday. So, they catch up on the content on the OTT platforms. That’s the reason such platforms are working so well,” he believes. 

And how excited is he with the Marathi web content? The actor replies, “Marathi is the king when it comes to good content. The content is always top priority when it comes to films and theatre in Marathi. This concept of OTT is new for us and not many series have been made so far. But youngsters are showing interest in watching good content and so many of these platforms are approaching production houses including mine to see if we have any interesting stories. People want to invest in Marathi web series.” 

He adds that his production house — Autumn Breeze Films — is in talks with a few of the platforms but nothing has been signed yet. “But yes, we are going to produce one series soon,” he says. 

Vaibhav is also working in Hindi. He has shot for a series with Raima Sen, which is an anthology of love stories. The actor has also finished shooting Sachin Kundalkar’s Pondicherry, which stars Sai Tamhankar, Amruta Khanvilkar, Neena Kulkarni and Mahesh Manjrekar besides him. The actor says that what’s interesting about Kundalkar’s project is that it has been shot on a smart phone.

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