Great social workers like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Ramabai Ranade, Maharshi Dhonde Keshav Karve had worked very hard for awareness and importance of education. It brought revolution and today India has firm position on global level. The world is looking at India as future’s economic power. It is the rise of new dawn. But is that true?
Vanmali Films presentation, producer Nitin Mawani’s Marathi film NIGHT SCHOOL throws light on this serious issue. People know importance of day school but it is not possible for everybody to study in day time. Where these students will go then? Night school is the option for them. These students work in day time for their bread and butter, go in the night school to study. Many students of night schools are working on higher posts today. Directed by Mansingh Pawar NIGHT SCHOOL shows the struggle and pain of students.
A press conference was held at Mumbai where producer Nitin Mawani, director Mansingh Pawar, Sandeep Kulkarni, Deepa Chafekar and Shrikant Yadav interacted with the media persons.
Mansingh Pawar has earlier written and directed films like Polisanchi Bayko, Thorali Bahin, Saatbara, Chal Gaja Karu Mazaa and Ghanwat. Talking to GLAMGOLD Mansingh said, “We have worked very hard for this film. I did research for one and a half year. I visited many night schools, talked to students, teachers and the parents. It is very shocking our society and the government are careless for these schools. There are day schools taking lacs of rupees as fees or donation. On other hand night schools are running without basic facilities and are facing so many problems. They don’t have money to pay electricity bills, no benches, unhygienic atmosphere etc.”
“There are more than 500 night schools in Maharashtra. They need attention of society and government to avail basic facilities. NIGHT SCHOOL deals with this issue. Deshpande Sir (played by Sandeep Kulkarni) joins a night school whose result is gone down to less than thirty percent. He takes up the challenge, makes it positive and changes the situation. That is the journey of my film,” adds Mansingh.
Producer Nitin Mawani said, “I have made many commercial films. But when Mansingh came to with story of NIGHT SCHOOL I could not believe existence of these schools. We visited few night schools and I was absolutely shocked to see their worst condition. I was impressed to see intense desire of the students to get education. So I decided to make the film on night schools.”
“NIGHT SCHOOL is not an art film. It is the bridge between commercial and experimental films. It is realistic film. We have shot it on real locations like Ganeshnagar slum in Jogeshwari, Panvel, Pimpari-Chinchwad, Aditya Birla Hospital etc,” said Mr. Mawani.
The film stars Sandeep Kulkarni, Prasad Pandit, Shrikant Yadav, Anway Bendre, Deepa Chafekar, Raju Govilkar, Shivraj Walvekar, Aashit Ambekar, Nitin Mawani and 40 students. In these 25 students are actually from night schools.
Apart from direction Mansingh has written story-screenplay and also lyrics with Babru Bhonsale who has composed the music. The songs are sung by Suresh Wadkar, Swaroop Bhalwankar etc. Camera by Prakash Shinde and editing by Paresh Manjarekar.
NIGHT SCHOOL is coming in theaters near you on 2 November, 2012.