I was born to a farmer’s family in the village of Khojanpur, at Amravati district, Maharashtra’s. After graduation, I did my Bachelors’ in Mass Communications from Amravati University, following continuous insistence from a friend. After completing my Bachelor’s, I got to know about some good institutions in Pune which offers Masters in Film Making. Even though I wasn’t that interested, in pursuing further education, I filled the online format a local internet café, and later was selected at the Department of Media and Communication Studies (DMCS), University of Pune. I had decided to take it up because many seniors of mine had told me about this field. There I learned more about communication and making films. Since most of the jobs available in the field of video production are in Mumbai, I began my struggle by shifting my base to Mumbai. I worked there for three years with a few TV production houses.
However, I was getting the work discontinuously. I was in a dilemma whether to continue struggling or return to my village and work as a farmer. Economy was recovering from the 2008 depression, so there were very few job opportunities. In 2011, I joined WOTR Pune office as an “Audio Visual Officer” where I was responsible for shooting and editing films. And what a journey it has been since then!!
This job was like kind of homecoming for me as my work took me to rural parts of the country. Because I spent my childhood in village, I never felt uneasy at villages This was quite different from my days in Mumbai.
We had a small team of two with Atul Pagar as a senior. Being a part of a small team has given me the opportunity to work on the every aspect of film making process. It helped me develop my skills of script writing and direction. Before I joined WOTR, I thought direction was not my cup of tea. However at WOTR I started working on all the aspects of it including script writing and direction. Soon I started directing a few films as well. Working at WOTR also meant interacting with senior people in a much more equal and egalitarian way.
Even though I may not be earning as much as my peers in the Film industry, I am happy here as I am able to work for the vulnerable section of the society
Twofilms I made for WOTR won accolades in ‘Kirlsoskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, Pune 2018’ and Pratibimb Film Festival 2018, Ahmednagar. My film ‘Mera Shadwal’ based on WOTR’s work in Rajasthan was also selected for the ‘Jaipur International Film Festival’. I still remember the day when I received the mail informing me about the selection, I remembered all the efforts Ajinkya, my team member and I, put in making this film reality. It also made me realise that if we put effort into all the departments of film making with perseverance, then we will be able to make a film that we are proud of. I am still learning the art of the film making.
So the experience I derived from the last nine years with WOTR is invaluable for me. It enriched me as a filmmaker as well as a human being. I could do what I did because I kept doing it and reflecting on my actions to improve myself as a filmmaker and on a personal level as well.
One of the challenges our AV team face is, to document WOTR’s work across nine states in India in a well-coordinated manner. The other challenge is to make people aware about the uniqueness of the Audio-Visual unit and how it showcases WOTR’s work to the world; through different products. In future, we plan to train our field staff to document and send video recordings for editing to us and at later stage to equip them to edit the content themselves before sharing it with us. In future, we plan to train our field staff to document and send video recordings for editing to us and at a later stage to equip them to edit the content themselves before sharing it with us. I believe, we constantly need to learn, unlearn and reinvent ourselves if we want to do something worthwhile in both professional as well as personal lives.