Panaji | Debutante director Shrihari Sathe feels the content of his Marathi social satire ‘Ek Hazarchi Note’ has an universal appeal. Sathe, who had previously worked in Bollywood film ‘Delhi-6′ as a visual-effect co-ordinator, said that anybody could relate to the issues in Vidharba region of Maharashtra that has been in news for farmers’ suicide.
I don’t like to call my film as a Marathi film. Only the language is Marathi but the content is very universal. I have addressed the state of affairs in the rural areas of the region in a comical way. I feel, content is the king of my film, Sathe said on the sidelines of International Film Festival of India. ‘Ek Hazarchi Note’ is also competing with 16 other films for the coveted Golden Peacock Award. I am happy that the film is one of the two Indian films which has been in the competition section. It’s a great honour for me, he said.
After its screening in IFFI, the film, which released in Maharashtra on May 9 this year, will travel to film festivals in Kerala, Bangalore and Chennai. Though the film is set in the Vidharba region, it does not present a gloomy picture of the region. It shows how the people have started finding out happiness in small things they have. Despite the tragedy, there is a life in the state which has get over the loss, Sathe said. The film is about a widow and her grandson living in the village in Vidharba region of Maharashtra and they get a Rs 1000 note from a politician one day. Sathe is next working on an English language crime thriller set in New York.