The versatile Nana Patekar is set to work on his next Marathi movie, Aapla Manus. While the film is being directed by Satish Rajwade, it’s being produced by Nana himself, alongside Ajay Devgn.
“I have played the part of a policeman in many movies before, but this one is a bit different. The language is a little different too. You don’t know if the man is helping you or not, supporting you or not,” he says, adding that he can’t reveal much right now. “You have to watch the film. It’s a thriller, a family film that will keep you on the edge of your seats.”
The movie looks a lot more polished than other Marathi movies, but Nana explains the reason behind it. “I think all other Marathi movies have been made nicely. The only difference is that since the medium has changed for the better, camerawork as well as technicalities have improved. Therefore, Aapla Manus probably looks different from what you’ve seen with Marathi films earlier,” he muses.
So, is Ajay the surprise element in the film? Laughs Nana, “No, he isn’t. Actually, even if the movie has Ajay in the end, it’ll look like we’re grabbing eyeballs. The surprise is something else.”
However, Nana does seem to have a special fondness for Ajay, and talks about him warmly. “Ajay never came to the sets,” reminisces Nana. “He definitely did the job of supplying finances on time and fulfil every need of the production of a film. Indeed, he was not interested. But had someone else been in my place in the movie, Ajay would have had to play producer to the hilt. He was a little carefree since I was on the sets. I think he did not interfere at all. I’ve known Ajay for many years now. He’s a very kind and a good soul.”