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No nonsense Sharat Kumar (top right) and scenes from the film
No nonsense Sharat Kumar (top right) and scenes from the film

Author Sharat Kumar is now ready with his first feature film “Duvidha”. Rana Siddiqui speaks to him

If a person takes voluntary retirement from Defence services for the love of writing and photography, wins international awards in both the fields and then goes on to make a television serial that touches people’s hearts, his success in any other creative field can well be imagined.

One is talking about Sharat Kumar – author, photographer and management expert. A few years ago he won accolades for his debut book “Orange Moon” and Best Management Book of the Year award for “Mind Your Management” in (2003). His serial backed by Balraj Sahni Productions Lal Kothi Alvida ran successfully for 82 episodes on Doordarshan in 2004. His short stories and novels in Hindi like “Terah Kahaniyan” and “Bindiya aur Lakeerein” are considered among the best works for their power of story-telling. Now, this former Navy officer has completed his debut feature film Duvidha.

Love and politics

The film spans two generations of 1930s and 1990s. It is about the son of a freedom fighter mother and an educated and ambitious wife of a haughty villager. When they meet, they find many things in common. The mother is an icon for both of them.

“The film exposes the state of politics, corruption and bureaucracy in the Independent India which is far from the model of integrity that drove the stalwarts of the freedom movement.” But the story is not as preachy as it sounds. It is woven around interesting string of events in which the hero, a foreign returned bachelor, prepares to sell his ancestral house after the death of his parents. He finds it impossible to live in corrupt India. The villager’s wife stops him employing all manipulations. She also doesn’t want to live a monotonous life in a village with a chauvinist husband. Charmed by her intelligence, the hero falls in love with her.

All the characters in the films are played by theatre actors. Rashi B. who has worked with the likes of Alkazi and Shyamanand Jalan plays the wife while Manoj Verma, a known name in the Mumbai theatre world plays the hero. Its cinematography is done by Ramesh Nautiyal, a product of Satyajit Ray Film Institute, Kolkata. The film has three songs. Shares Kumar, nephew of Balraj Sahni, for whom, film making is 50 per cent aesthetics and 50 per cent management, “I made this film in cinemascope in less than a crore. I didn’t want any financier who would breathe down my neck at every step. Through this film I want to prove that you can make an effective and yet low cost film that not only entertains but also gives you something to take back home.”




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