BANGALORE: It is upsetting when films get stalled around the release time. This time it has happened with Pooja Gandhi’s Abhinetri. And, the person currently in the news is debutant director Satish Pradhan, who has written the script of the film. As per reports, Bhagya Krishnamurthy claims that the film is based on her book Abhinetriya Antaranga. But Satish defends with confidence. “On no level is my film based on the novel and I still have no clue who and what is the reason behind this issue. It is but natural for controversies to take place for some films. There are many such incidents that have happened in the past and it is not something we should fear. What is surprising is that the person waited to appear during the time of the release,” he says.
Not perturbed by the happenings, Satish explains, “I created Abhinetri after talking to many people. I have knocked at many doors and sat with people to understand the realities of a few people in the picture before I got down to do the story. At present, it is not relevant to wonder whether Abhinetri is based on actress Kalpana or any other person. What should be noted is the pattern I followed in shaping this script.”
The director took up the subject one-and-a-half years ago and took four months to come out with a bound script. “I took one month to collect the material and later took three months in writing the script, converting the story into a cinematic screenplay and writing the dialogues before going on the sets,” he says.
Satish adds, “The fact is that I didn’t know that such a book existed till the case happened,” and adds, “A film’s content cannot be judged by a dialogue. Likewise, watching a promo and deciding that my movie is based on a novel is not sensible. Can a critic write a review by just watching a teaser or a song? They should wait for the film to release to write a review. In that way, the people concerned here should wait patiently to watch the film and then decide. My film is yet to get ready and go to the censor board. Even I haven’t watched the first copy and the person has already decided that it is based on the novel.”
This debutant director is not ready to give up and says. “This is my first film and I have sincerely worked for it. I will fight it out and truth will triumph,” he says.