India born Entrepreneur & owner of Utkarsh Entertainment, Terwadkar Rajiv has made Indians and South Africans proud as his first movie Free State as a Producer hits international grounds and wins awards!
Free State is a forbidden love story during Apartheid in South Africa. It is based on the facts that Indians were not allowed to stay into Free State after sunset & there was an Immorality Act, by which Whites were not allowed to have intimate relationship with non-whites. A beautiful white Afrikaans girl falls in love with handsome Indian man in 1979!
“Free State has been selected in more than 12 International Film Festivals around the world so far and we are still counting” Rajiv said when asked about Film Festival Circuit.
“Free State has won Best Director award at Luxor African film Festival, Ejypt & Best Cinematographer award at Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey, USA. Tom Marais, multi award winning Cinematographer was acknowledged all over the world” Rajiv added.
“This movie is blessed from the beginning! This is my career’s highlight!” Said Sallas de Jager the Director of the film.
“It all started from a dream to produce a truly cross cultural & cross border film. After arranging few Film Festivals in South Africa, I got the Best Director, I was looking for! Sallas won Best Director Award at IIFFSA 2014 which was sponsored & hosted by Utkarsh Projects. That’s when we started discussing a Romeo / Juliet story set in 1979!” said Terwadkar Rajiv when we asked him about how did it all started.
“I am excited to see the response and looking forward for the Premiere on 18th April” said Executive Producer Sanjay Devkar from ParNam Entertainment, India.
The main Cast of Free State include Nicol Breytenbach (Jeanette), Andrew Govender (Ravi), Leleti Khumalo (Maria), Deon Lotz (Gideon), Mangesh Desai (Animesh), Rafiq Jajbhai (Sahil), Himali Juta Pillay (Chatura) & Keith Joshua Gengadoo (Satish)
Multi award winning Actor, Mangesh Desai from Marathi Film Industry has played a negative role in the film for the first time!
“This is my first English film. I got very good support & training from Paul Eilers who guided me on dialogues. It was a very good experience working with Sallas and entire South African crew!” Said Mangesh.
The film is produced by Utkarsh Entertainment & Bosbok ses Films in association with ParNam Entertainment & The Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa!
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