Nagraj Manjule is the director and actor of Amazon Prime Video’s new anthology Unpaused Naya Safar. In an interview, Manujle revealed that working as cremation worker in the second wave of pandemic was sort of depressing for him.
“I want to tell the stories that others won’t or can’t tell. We have all heard of doctors, policemen, and others being referred to as frontline workers. But these people working in crematoriums day and night were not. I didn’t hear much about them in the news. So, I wanted to tell their story.”
In the debut experience, Majule said, “The whole world went through this difficult phase. I looked at it very sensitively. I was acting myself in the lead role and while I like acting, I find it tougher than directing. So all that was tough. Then, we were shooting in the middle of burning pyres and this gloomy atmosphere. All that was making me depressed. I experienced closely what people who worked on the ground would have gone through at that time.”
“Grief and happiness are never Hindi or Marathi. Whatever the language may be, it’s the content that matters, the way of telling the stories that counts. And that remains the same,” the actor said. Manjule believes in content over language.
Manjule also shared update on the film Jhund that features Abhishek Bachchan. He said, “It has been made and delayed for so long. I myself want that it releases in theatres. I have been trying and struggling for that a lot. The entire crew has come together to support me in that and we all now will try to get it released in theatres when the time is right.”