First-time producer Riteish Deshmukh’s Balak Palak takes on a taboo topic and sets a trend in Marathi cinema
What was the reason to make a Marathi film on sex education, a taboo subject for Indians?
* Balak Palak was made particularly because of its unique subject. Nobody has ever attempted a film on this topic, either in Hindi or Marathi cinema. In India, sex is considered a taboo and people do not like to talk about it openly. However it exists in every house, and every teenager is curious about it. So we thought it was important to make a film on this topic. I did not make the film thinking of its fate at the box office. And now fortunately, it is doing very well.
Why did you decide to turn to production with this kind of a subject?
* I have been wanting to produce a film for a long time, but I was not finding a subject good enough to make a film on it. I like the script of Balak Palak so much that I finally decided to take the plunge.
As a first time producer, what was your experience like?
* For a first-time producer, I had a good experience with Balak Palak. In the process, I realised that one has to have complete faith in one’s team, and I was lucky to have some hardworking people working for me, thus making it smooth sailing. Since I have been in the industry for a very long time, I can easily claim that I have not been an interfering producer. Besides, Ravi Jadhav, the director who is also the co-producer, handled most of the work. As he had his own team, I just supported him whenever needed.
Why is Balak Palak a must-watch film even for parents?
* Balak Palak talks about communication gap between the parents and children and how to bridge it. Most of the times when a teenager, or even younger kids, have certain queries about the ‘birds and the bees’, the parents don’t