Inspired by a small time cable operator in Mumbai, first time director, Charudutt Acharya’s Sonali Cable is ready to impress
Creating a mild buzz among indie film lovers and critics is debut director, Charudutt Acharaya’s Sonali Cable. The film was selected for the Mahindra Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2012 and stars Rhea Chakraborty and Ali Fazal. Acharaya is an award winning television writer and has worked on soap operas like Jassi Jaise Koi Nahin and most recently Crime Patrol. As for movies, the Mumbaikar has co-written Dum Maro Dum and Nautanki Saala. With Sonali Cable, Acharya has mixed feelings. “One day I am extremely confident and the next day I have butterflies in my stomach,” he confesses.
Sonali Cable is about fighting against monopoly and sees a small time business taking on a big enterprise. So who is Sonali? “She is a girl from Mumbai who is outspoken and surrounded by boys working for her, who often use cuss words. I had once finished my script for a television show but could not send the script on time because of bad network and that was the time broadband was introduced. I called Sonali who had a small cable shop who sent someone immediately to rectify the problem. That’s where I got my inspiration from,” shares the director, who consciously had a woman as his lead. “Only the character of Sonlai is from real life, the other ideas were built later,” he states. A fan of quirky thrillers and human drama, the 44-year-old director prefers a Nebraska to Batman. “I am fine with these larger-than-life American movies but prefer movies that are based on relationships,” he concludes.
Sonali Cable is scheduled to release on October 10.
— Mrinalini Sundar