Director Gajendra Ahire has revealed that the story of his Hindi-English film Dear Molly was inspired by the locations on his visit to Sweden.
Generally, one writes a story and then selects locations.
“I had gone to Sweden for a film festival. I saw few locations and I was inspired,” said Ahire, during an exclusive conversation with Cinestaan.com.
“I felt a beautiful film could be made here. I wrote the story and made [producer] Praveen Nishchol sir listen to it. He got excited. We also got support from our associate producer from Sweden,” said Ahire.
Sharing the film’s story, he said that Dear Molly is about a girl whose parents go to Sweden when she is four, never to return. “She has a few letters written by them. When she finishes her studies, she goes to trace them through the letters. The film is about what she experiences there, why they didn’t return and what else is revealed to her,” he said.
The film sees debutant Gurbani Gill play the titular role of Molly. Ahire selected her through an unusual process. “I auditioned a few girls and had a voting process. She got selected through voting,” he said.
The film also stars prominent Marathi film actors Ashwini Giri, Mrunmayee Godbole and Alok Rajwade.
The director revealed that 80% of the film is shot in Sweden and 20% in Pune. “It was a new country for me to shoot, so I enjoyed it. I didn’t want to make a typical tourist film. We shot in the smallest of its villages and unexplored places,” he said.