The makers of ‘Fandry’ and ‘Half Ticket’ collaborate on the upcoming ‘Raakshas’ by Dyanesh Zoting

More often than not, we use Shakespeare’s ‘What’s in a name?’ in conversations. However, when it comes to a film, it’s the name that’s most important to generate buzz around it.  When it’s a name like ‘Raakshas’, one is bound to sit up and take notice.

After collaborating on the critically and commercially acclaimed film ‘Fandry’, National Award winning producers Vivek Kajaria and Nilesh Navalakha are uniting for this unique film through their banners, Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions. Also this time, noted producer and director Samit Kakkad will be joining the two as a presenter with his banner Samit Kakkad Films.

As a producer and director, Samit has garnered tremendous acclaim and accolades. His ‘Aayna Ka Bayna’ was the first Marathi film to be dubbed and screened in Hindi on Sony Max. His recent directorial Half Ticket travelled to 15 different international film festivals.

Raakshas directed and written by Dyanesh Zoting is a first of it’s kind feature that stars leading actors Sharad Kelkar and Sai Tamhankar in the lead and seen in a never before role. The story of ‘Raakshas’ is inspired by Dnyanesh’s childhood visit to a tribal area and he has weaved the experience beautifully into the film’s story. The credit of writing the story, screenplay and dialogue of the film along with Dnyanesh also goes to Tanmayee Deo.

Producer- Director Samit Kakkad said “Vivek, Nilesh and me have been talking about collaborating on something exciting for a long time. Raakshas for me is the perfect film to begin a new collaborative relationship. I am positive that the audiences will love this film as much as I have.”


“Raakshas has been a film that we all have given our hearts to, be it Dyanesh who has spent close to year developing the film at various script labs or Sharad and Sai who have worked so hard to do justice to their characters, or Andrew who recorded live music both tribal and western. Both of us are very proud of this film and we hope that the audience will also love this film, especially because it is something new in Marathi Cinema,” added Vivek Kajaria and Nilesh Navalakha, Producers of the film.

Noted actors Rutuja Deshpande, Dayashankar Pandey, Vijay Maurya, Yakub Saeed, Purnanand Wandekar, Sakshi Vyawahare, Abhijit Zhunzarrao, Somnath Limbarkar among others are also part of this mega feature,’Raakshas’.


‘Raakshas’ releases on 23rd February across Maharashtra and promises to take the viewers on an enchanting journey.