The Newsmakers

From giv­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic a cult sta­tus to chang­ing the way Pune lives, the city’s pro­fes­sion­als are mak­ing it big


PRI­TAM KAGNE Ac­tress, 27

As an as­sis­tant au­di­ol­o­gist and speech ther­a­pist at the Ruby Hall Clinic only a few years ago, Pri­tan Kagne had barely heard of the Cannes Film Festival. But this year, the ac­tress rep­re­sented her film Ha­laal for a spe­cial screen­ing at the cov­eted event. “As the first Marathi film ac­tress to be at Cannes, I felt ex­tremely proud to take my Marathi film on a global stage. But it also gave me a chance to see how much we can grow as ac­tors and an in­dus­try,” she says. Ha­laal, pro­duced by Kagne’s brother Amol, traces the emo­tional and phys­i­cal trauma that a di­vorced Mus­lim wo­man liv­ing in a Maharashtr­a ham­let un­der­goes be­cause of cer­tain so­ci­etal and re­li­gious norms. “It con­nected in­stantly with the au­di­ence be­cause so many women could re­late to this sub­ject,”she says.Within months of its re­lease last year, the film made it to film fes­ti­vals in Pune, Goa and Au­rangabad and also won seven awards from the Maharashtr­a State Gov­ern­ment.

STAGE TO SCREEN The Pune ac­tress has done a Malay­alam film and hand­ful of Marathi movies, which she says,“weren’t too im­pact­ful but taught me a lot as an ac­tor.” In 2013, she got her first big Marathi film called Navra Ma­jha Bhavra for which she won a nom­i­na­tion for the best ac­tress at the Zee Talkies Com­edy Award. “It gave me con­fi­dence as a per­former,” says Kagne who then went on to do a pop­u­lar com­edy play Eka Lag­nachi Goshta and trav­elled across the state with 80 shows of the play. “That was the turn­ing point for me as an ac­tress. In the­atre, you get in­stant re­sponse and I was more con­fi­dent of my skills,” she says.

COM­ING UP Kagne has three films set for re­lease in the next few months—two Marathi and one Hindi movie based on Indira Gandhi’s as­sas­si­na­tion in which she plays Soha Ali Khan’s sister.An­other film based on real events is Sang­harshy­a­tra, in which she es­says the role of politician Gopinath Munde’s youngest daugh­ter. When she’s not fac­ing the cam­era, Kagne works with un­der­priv­i­leged speech im­paired chil­dren at the Ay­o­d­hya School of Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion, a char­i­ta­ble school which her fa­ther Lak­sh­man Kagne runs in the city. CON­TACT­tam.kagne

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