MUMBAI: First-time producer Avinash Onkar plans to remake his Marathi film, Kaalchakra screened as part of the Indian Panorama Section at IFFI-2007 in Hindi.
Onkar informed that he was inspired to make Kaalchakra, a film that deals with the life situation of HIV + persons and how the society excludes them at large, after having personally witnessed the plight of some of the HIV + persons known to him in real life. The Hindi version would allow spreading the message of the film to a much wider audience, the producer commented.
The film’s director, Vishal Bhandari stressed that great amount of research had gone in finalizing the film’s story such as acquiring authentic information on AIDS and HIV + cases from the National AIDS Research Institute, Pune and interaction with real life HIV + people.
Commenting on his decision to play the main protagonist of the film i.e. Shekhar, actor Sachin Khedekar said, “It was a rare opportunity to work in a film that provided me an opportunity to give back to the society which has given so much to me.”
The film revolves around the life of Shekhar whose dreams come crashing down, when he discovers that he is HIV +. He loses his family, job and self-respect. The film deals with the problems that Shekhar faces in terms of social exclusion and how he gradually acquires the will and determination to give himself a better future. Finally Shekhar succeeds.