Paani Movie

Priyanka Chopra’s next Marathi production Paani, directed by actor-filmmaker Adinath Kothare, went on the floors on May 10. It is based on the real-life story of Hanumant Kendre from Nagdarwadi village in the Nanded district. Adinath stumbled upon it while watching Kendre on Aamir Khan’s television show, Satyamev Jayate, “His water-harvesting initiative, his struggle and what he did to save his village from a water crisis was remarkable. I was really moved by his interview and inspired to share his story with the world. This subject is a global issue and if you portray it in an art form, people not only understand it, but also start believing in it,” asserts Adinath.

Paani is a Marathi movie starring Subodh Bhave and Kishor Kadam in prominent roles. The movie also stars Girish Joshi and Rajit Kapoor. It is a drama directed by Adinath Kothare with Priyanka Chopra as producer, forming part of the crew.

He immediately got in touch with the show’s producer for Hanumant’s phone number. It was out of service and they didn’t have any other number. Adinath tried to get in touch with him through other means, including calling the police station in Nanded. “They gave me the number of a police station controlling the Taluka and from there I got the number of the police station in charge of the village and finally connected with Hanumant. I told him that I wanted to meet him for an interview and that’s how it all started four years ago,” the filmmaker reveals.

He entrusted his friend, writer Nitin Dixit, with the script. Nitin has earlier worked on Nila Madhab Panda’s Kadvi Hawa, which won a Special Mention at the 64th National Film Awards. “I saw how people had to walk four-five kilometres every day for water. But now they have water supply all year around. Hanumant has his own mineral water plant and even supplies to some of the neighbouring villages,” informs Adinath, who is also acting in the film alongside Subodh Bhave, Rajit Kapoor, Kishore Kadam, Girish Joshi and Rucha Vaidya.

Rashmi Kulkarni, creative producer at Priyanka’s production house, got the actress and her mother, Madhu Chopra, to hear the script. “They believed in the story and a firsttime director. Despite being busy, Priyanka makes the time to give her feedback. It’s commendable,” Adinath says.


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