Sikkim’s first ever Marwari film completed in record time

June 21st, 2009 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Gangtok, June 21 (IANS) The makers of “Khoto Sikko”, the first Marwari film to be made here highlighting the lives of the migrant Marwari community living in the state for generations, have made a record by completing the film in a record 20 days’ time.
According to director Rakesh Somani, the film went on the floors May 20 and was wrapped up June 10. It is scheduled for September release.

“Hundred percent of the shooting is over. It was shot at various locations in the state and the last leg of the shooting was done in West Bengal and Nepal. Shooting the film was an incredible experience since we were set to break the record,” Somani told reporters here at a press conference Sunday.

Talking about the story, B.P. Bajhgai, Assistant Director of the film, said: “We have provided an excellent story and many people will identify with it. The language, which we have used in the film, is the common form of Marwari which everyone understands. We have maintained a certain standard while making the film and we are sure it will be appreciated. The story is so engrossing that audiences will have a great time.”

Marwari boy Raunak Somani from Gangtok plays the male lead and Sonia Seth, who is from Namchi in South Sikkim, is paired opposite him in the movie.

“We enjoyed ourselves while shooting for the film. For many, the language was new but we were comfortable throughout. With this film, we want to make a name for ourselves”, said Sonia.

Raunak said: “The family atmosphere in the film was not created, it happened automatically on the sets. The energy level has been phenomenal and we were always encouraged… even when the going got tough, someone amongst the seniors rejuvenated us.”

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