After assisting in the direction of Hollywood and Bollywood films, Aniket Naik from Canacona came back home to direct his debut feature film in Konkani. The film, ‘Amizade’, is based on a love story and the bond between four friends. One of Aniket’s main criteria for the film was that the cast had to have a majority of newcomers.
The film stars John D’Silva and Rajiv Hede and newcomers Gaurav Pokle, Siddhant Kanekar, Dhruv Sincro, Chetan Upadhay and Vaishnavi Pilankar. ‘Amizade’has given new talent a boost in Goa. “John D’Silva and Rajiv Hede are great actors and have done many films in Goa. The all Goan cast was my first priority and I wanted to give new actors a platform.
Many actors have been stage and theatre actors but will be making their film debut with this film,” says Aniket. ‘Amizade’ has been produced by Sachin Verlekar of OM Creative Film Works in association with Bymistake Motion Pictures.
Aniket is no stranger to the film industry as has been working behind the scenes for the last 11 years in Mumbai. Originally from Canacona, he is currently settled in Margao and has worked on several ad films and feature films as an assistant director. “I was 200 percent sure of making a Konkani film and this feels like a homecoming for me.
I started as second assistant director of an English film – ‘Hidden’, featuring Christopher Atkins. I was part of the Hindi film industry with films like ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’ and ‘John Day’ and then a Marathi film, ‘Hridayanath’, starring Jackie Shroff. Making a film in Konkani is paying tribute to my roots with the filmmaking skills I have learnt on the job,” says this mass media graduate.
The film has been entirely shot in Goa and will be released on September 23, 2018; the trailer will be officially out few days before the release. “We are planning to release the film in not just multiplexes but even one screen theatres simultaneously. The film will be available for the audience in every part of Goa.
The first trailer of the film was released at the Goa Marathi Film Festival that draws a huge crowd, including members of the Hindi and Marathi film fraternity and it was the perfect opportunity for us to show what a Konkani film made in Goa has to offer,” says Aniket.
Speaking about his experience working with new talent, Aniket says,“It was fabulous working with the cast. They were facing the camera for the first time and yet they have done a great job with their acting. We conducted workshops for them before beginning the shooting, especially delivery of dialogues.
They strictly followed what I instructed themand everyone got into the flow smoothly. There is so much talent in Goa and the actor poolshould not be limited to just 40-50 actors.”
John D’Silva has worked with several noted actors and shares his experience of working with young talent. “It was a nice experience working with the team of ‘Amizade’. Director Aniket Arun Naik has put in great efforts to make this film and take it to a higher level. The whole team of ‘Amizade’ was like a family and we all enjoyed ourselves during the making of the film.”
Gaurav Pokle will be making his film debut with ‘Amizade’. “I am an amateur artiste and my only performance was restricted to Dubsmash and uploading videos on Facebook and Instagram. Working with the entire team of ‘Amizade’ was a dream come true. As the movie name ‘Amizade’ speaks about friendship, I have experienced true friendship on the sets and today my co-artistes are among my best friends.
The director and producer never let us feel we were hand-picked amateur artistes. The movie has been shot in most undiscovered locations in Goa. The Konkani industry needs to encourage the youth to invest their time into acting and other performing arts. ‘Amizade’ is a must watch movie for all Goans,” says Gaurav. [H]