After a long gap of nine years, a Konkani movie ‘Padri’ (Priest), based on a Goan play by the same title, is all set to hit the screens next month. The last Konkani film ‘Bogsane’ was released in 1995.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, film Director Rajesh Fernandes said the high budget (Rs 60 lakh) film was shot at 58 eye catching locations and webbed by seven scintillating songs with 46 actors performing in it. The entire coastal belt from Kasargod to Goa including Mangalore, Kumta and Honnavar have been kissed by the footprints of the film, he said and added that ‘Padri’ is a well knit story of reality touching the hearts of both old and the young.
It all began when he (Fernandes) along with Raymond Quadros (producer) during one of their visits to Goa watched the play (Padri by Prince Jecob). Soon a idea of making the film flashed.... rest is history. The unique aspect of the movie is that all the actors and actresses faced the camera for the first time. However, all of them are professional stage artists. The whole movie without even a single indoor shot, was shot in one go for 26 days. The story revolves round the life of a Catholic priest and values the true spirit of sacrifice. However, the film has been ingrained with all the daily chores and yores accompanied by dance and tragic scenes. “In all, it is a package to be viewed by the entire family with model clippings and modern anecdotes,” Mr Fernandes said. The censor board has given ‘U’ certificate without even a single cut, he added. To a query, he said the language used in the movie is a mixture of Mangalore and Goa Konkani.
The movie will be released in the second or third week of September in Mangalore, Bangalore, Karwar, Goa and Maharashtra. The director is also planning to send the film for Indian Panorama.
The lead role has been played by Newton D’Souza (from Goa) and Arona Fernandes (from Mangalore) while the lyrics have been scripted by Wilfy Rebimbus, music scored by Papan-Joswin, stunts by Tiger Madhu, cinematography by Elukoti Chandru and story-screenplay-dialogues by Prince Jecob. So far only 20 full script Konkani films have been produced including those from Mumbai, Goa and Mangalore. While 9 each have been produced in Karnataka and Goa, one each have been produced from Chennai and Mumbai.
Audio release tomorrow
The audio cassette and CD of the film will be released during the 228th Wilfy nite, a musical evening, at Don Bosco Hall on August 15 at 6 pm. While industrialist Ronald Colaco will grace the occasion, St Joseph’s Seminary Rector Rev Fr Victor Machado will preside over the programme.
Producer Raymond Quadros, lyricist Wify Rebimbus, actress Arona Fernandes, music director Joswin Pinto, singers Meena Rebimbus, Claud D’Souza, Mohammed Iqbal, Anitha Samson and comedian Dolla were present.