Harshad Nalawade is a filmmaker from Belagavi whose “Follower” movie has been shortlisted by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for Marche Du Films’ Goes To Cannes section at the Cannes Film Festival – Baghjan (Assamese-Moran), Bailadila (Hindi-Chhattisgarhi), Ek Jagah Apni (Hindi), Follower (multilingual) and Shivamma (Kannada).
Harshad graduated from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune in 2012 with Films as his specialization and started his career in Mumbai by writing and directing Short films along with working as an Assistant Director on various film projects. Harshad’s debut film was made with a shoe-string budget that was raised through crowdfunding.
Director: Harshad Nalawade
Follower is a partially crowdfunded film revolving around a journalist in the town of Belagavi, and the conflict between two communities. “I wanted my film’s cast to speak the local language of Belgaum, and that’s the reason I decided to cast people from Belgaum, and it added a lot of value to the film,” says Nalawade. Talking about how the WIP Lab helped shape his film, the director says they realised that for many international mentors it was hard to differentiate between so many different Indian languages.