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Marathi pro­ducer Akshay Bar­da­purkar turns writer

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Pro­ducer Akshay Bar­da­purkar, who was as­so­ci­ated with the award-win­ning Marathi film Rege (2014), di­rected by Ab­hi­jit Panse, is cur­rently adding some fin­ish­ing touches to his Hindi film script.

Akshay is writ­ing what he calls “the most ro­man­tic film of the cen­tury”, and is in talks with a di­rec­tor to helm the film. He says, “I ad­mire film-mak­ers from KA Ab­bas to Bi­mal Roy and Guru Dutt to Rajkumar Hi­rani, who brought about a change in so­ci­ety through their cin­ema. And, then, there are the pop­ulist mak­ers such as Raj Kapoor, Man­mo­han De­sai, SS Ra­jamouli and Karan Johar. Work­ing with some­one like Shah Rukh Khan is a dream I would like to ful­fil some­day.”

Bar­da­purkar was in­spired by Bal Thack­eray when he joined the Shiv Sena to head its en­ter­tain­ment wings Ma­ha­rash­tra Cine and Tele­vi­sion Sena (MCTS), and then, as the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Shiv Sena Chi­tra­pat Sena (SCS). “Balasa­heb has in­spired mil­lions and now, Ud­dhavji (Thack­eray) is ably car­ry­ing on the work,” he says. Bar­da­purkar has dab­bled in events, celebrity man­age­ment and pol­i­tics, but in­tends to work on films. “I have been as­so­ci­ated with the film in­dus­try ear­lier as well, when I used to be a part of events. I also de­voted a few years in man­ag­ing celebri­ties and fer­ry­ing down tal­ent from other shores. But cin­ema has re­mained a pri­or­ity,” he says.

I de­voted a few years in man­ag­ing celebri­ties and fer­ry­ing down tal­ent from other shores. But cin­ema has re­mained a pri­or­ity. AKSHAY BAR­DA­PURKAR, PRO­DUCER

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