Mumbai: Chaitanya Tamhane’s second directorial, the Marathi film “The Disciple”, dropped digitally recently after doing the rounds of the global festival circuit. Tamhane’s debut film “Court” had won acclaim and awards internationally, too. While he is aware of the perception that his films are not commercially viable, he hopes to reverse that view.
“Given my general sensibility and my general style, I am told that it is not commercially viable and is niche in its appeal and that I will have a limited audience. I hope to prove these notions wrong,” he said.
The director, whose films are universally accepted as efforts that display high aesthetic value, points out that that the audience has evolved now and are open to different kinds of stories.
“All stories that are to be told have been told. There are only so many themes in human conditioning that can be depicted and narrated as a story. It was exciting for me. Commercial viability is not something that I can anticipate or hack into,” he says.
“Good films are like happy accidents. If there are people who like what we have done then that’s a gift for us.”
“The Disciple” is currently streaming on Netflix.