Talkies Town

In 2010, she approached Gajendra Ahire, who has directed films such as Sai (2006), Shevari (2006) and Tya Ratri Paus Hota (2009). When he gave a nod, Bhoir took him to explore the world of touring talkies, travelling with the jatras to places such as Buldhana, Paithan, Pusegaon and Shingnapur, also the places where the film was shot. "I got to see a completely different culture of cinema there. The people associated with touring talkies work purely on passion. With a projector and a tent loaded onto a truck, they roam around from one place to another for six months, simply showcasing films. These tents are basic multiplexes; they have around 8-10 shows in a day," says Ahire. The shooting of Touring Talkies began in December 2011 and concluded in May 2012, and is now slated to release in February 2013.

Though inspired by Bhoir's experiences, Ahire's screenplay tells a different story. "I didn't want the film to have autobiographical elements. Of course, it will have shades of my experiences but through a different story. It's about the life of the people associated with touring talkies, their hardships and the passion they have for cinema," adds Bhoir, who also plays the role of Chandi, the protagonist in the film. It also stars other popular names of the Marathi film industry such as Subodh Bhave, Neha Pendse, Milind Shinde and Kishore Kadam. The film's background score has been given by Ilayaraja.

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