Interview of Producer Dr Sanjay Patole for the film Riwayat

Interview of Producer Dr Sanjay Patole for the film Riwayat

Audience will be forced to think after watching “RIWAYAT” – Dr Sanjay Patole


On invitation of Filmi Box we got a chance to meet producer Dr. Sanjay Patole at music release of his maiden film “Riwayat” based on shocking issue of female foeticide. Film is releasing on 7th Sept all over. Here is a brief chat with Dr. Sanjay Patole…….

Q : What provoked you to produce this film ?

A : First of all I would like to thanks Mr. Narendra Singh & Mr. Arshad Siddique of Filmi Box as because of them I am able to release “Riwayat” in India as I am settled in Australia, and by profession I am Professor of neonatology at the University of Western Australia and my colleague Dr. Ajay Rane is the founding Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, we both are motivated to preserve life one as an obstetrician and the other as a neonatologist since last 25 years, we have been saving many infants life in our entire carrier, I have even saved a child who was just weighing 450 grams, by studies we came to know that about 100 million baby girls are missing from this world since 1984 – 40 million from India alone, this provoked us to do something on this issue, and we though cinema is the best media by which we can pass on a message to save female foeticide because the practice of female foeticide is still rampant judging by the falling female to male baby ratio in India.

Q : Why did you selected  new actors instead of stars ?

A : Established actors are having a particular image, whereas new actors are not, this was the main reason we took Samapika for main protagonist in film along with Khalid Siddique, Salil Ankola, Achint Kaur, Sourabh Dubey, Aditya Lakhia, Narendra Jha, Rajendra Gupta, Mangal Kenkre, Gauri Kulkarni, Major Vikram, Rakhi Mishra, Tanya Tiwari & Sayaji Shinde in main roles. These actors can justify their characters.

Q : Your director Vijay Patkar is a well known comedian in Hindi & Marathi cinemas, what made you to select him as your Director ?

A : I knew Vijay since many years, so I can understand that there is a serious person behind his comic image, beside this he has made a hard hitting film in Marathi film ‘Ek Unad Diwas’, so I was confident that he can give justice to this film. Beside Vijay I have good technical team like dialogues by Imtiyaz Hussein, music by Sushil Lalji. Songs are rendered by stalwart singers Shaan, Kailash Kher, Shreya Ghoshal, and the legendary Jagjit Singh and lyrics are by Sudhakar Sharma and Nusrat Badr. Cinematography is by Suresh Suvarna, art by Yunus Pathan, sound Shrikant Kamble, and editing by Dinesh Mengade.

Q : Do you think “Riwayat” will stop killing of female foeticide ?

A : At least we are trying, I believe  audience will be forced to think on this, even  Millennium Star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan expressed his feelings in an event, where he said ‘how we can congratulate ourselves as a superstar nation when we lose millions of female infants to foeticide’. Recently, even Super Star Aamir Khan brought this issue in light in the very first episode of his mega talk show ‘Satyamev Jayate’. Our film has achieved worldwide recognition by winning 5 awards and 12 nominations in 12 international film festivals – an outstanding achievement for an unusual commercial film that handles a serious social issue while still retaining all the color, songs, and dances of Bollywood films.