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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. CONTACT facebook.com/pritam.kagne