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Debarati Palit Singh | Wednesday, 10 September 2014 AT 07:46 PM IST
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The starcast of Anand Mhasavekar’s Aamhi Bolato Marathi who visited Sakal Times office last week said that most Maharashtrians do not speak the language  

It’s a common sight in metropolitan cities in Maharashtra that parents only speak in English or Hindi with their children so that they learn the language well. Marathi film Aamhi Bolato Marathi highlights this trend and comments on it.

The film directed by Anand Mhasavekar, stars Vikram Gokhale, Arun Nalawade, Savita Prabhune, Bhakti Desai, Shailesh Datar and Saksham Kulkurni among others. Mhasavekar visited the Sakal Times office last week along with his starcast. He pointed out that in cities down South or the East, people only speak in their mother-tongue. “They prefer speaking only in their mother-tongue. If you try to make conversation with them in Hindi or English, they do not reply,” he said adding, “But it’s only in Pune and Mumbai that people do not speak in Marathi. They speak in English or Hindi. We are highlighting the importance of speaking in our mother-tongue through the film.”

Aamhi Bolato Marathi is set to release on September 12.

Gokhale who plays a pro-Marathi person in the film said, “They say we are Maharashtrians but once they get out of the house they just don’t speak the language. If you go to France, even though they know English, they will only speak in French. We need to learn from them.”

But Gokhale added that they are not trying to highlight the issue of non-Maharashtrians moving to Maharashtra in search of a job. “We are not highlighting any political issue or making a comment against any particular community or people. What we are trying to say is that if you are staying in Maharashtra for 10 or 20 years, you have to learn the language. It is not possible that you make a living here and not know the language,” he added.

Nalawade who plays a Bhojpuri character in the film said that he had do a lot of research about his character. “I had to learn the mannerisms of a Bhojpuri man and the language. My character has grey shades but he is not a bad person,” he said.

Gokhale was all praise for Nalawade and said that he had done a fabulous job. “Arun had got the character right and did a great job,” Gokhale said.

The film premiered in USA and was screened in some of its cities  like Chicago, Philadelphia, St Petersburg, Detroit, New Jersy and Baltimore. Gokhale, who was present for the screening and an interaction with the audience, was highly impressed with the audience. “They were so kicked about the film. They want more Marathi films to be screened there. They could speak the language fluently. It was a great experience for us,” he added.

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