A normal office-going individual from Sanguem had a dream to make a film. After a career in tiatr for several years, his first film titled Mogacho Korar has won him tremendous praise from the Goans abroad and in Goa.
Victor Da Costa, who is a writer and an actor in his maiden Konkani film Mogacho Korar says that it was his dream to release his first film and receive a welcoming response from the audience.
He began writing a script for the film during the COVID-19 pandemic when the whole world had come to a standstill. Victor said that during the COVID pandemic, people came to know the worth of life and how agonising it is to lose our beloved ones all of a sudden.
Mogacho Korar is a family drama which revolves around the relationship between the daughter-in-law and mother-in-law and sends the message to build harmonious relations with our relatives and stay united.
It took more than one and a half years to shoot this entire film, which is approximately two hours. Since he was employed in a private company, he had to work during the week and could film only on weekends.
Furthermore, there were around 20 to 25 artists, and shooting with all these artists was a difficult task.
Victor revealed that most of his film was shot in South Goa. This includes places like Canacona, Varca, Sanguem, Old Goa, Quepem, etc. Victor’s reason to choose these locations was that he has observed that many filmmakers, especially from the Indian film industry, tend to portray Goa in a stereotypical beach, shack and party sort of way.
“I wanted to show the real Goa which lies in the hinterland,” he said.
He added, "Most of the films are usually shot in Panjim, Anjuna, Baga and in coastal areas of North Goa. But I see a lot of potential in South Goa. A lot of untapped hinterland areas could easily be made tourist attractions.”
When asked about the estimated cost of the film and the movie release at Ravindra Bhavan-Curchorem, Victor said, “It took around Rs 10 to 12 lakhs to make this film. Some patrons, family members and part of my contribution helped me materialise my dream."
Victor had very little knowledge about any certification and paperwork needed to make a film and to release it in theatres. Due to the lack of finance, he decided to screen his movie at the Sanguem feast and Ravindra Bhavan-Curchorem.
When asked about the people's response, Victor said that the audience felt very connected with the story of this movie, and many audience members were in tears witnessing the emotional scenes.
On a concluding note, Victor opined that the state government should encourage budding filmmakers from villages of Goa to make good films.
"There has to be enough awareness about the documentation and certification required to make films in Goa,” he said.
He added finally that the Goa government should try to facilitate and promote hinterland film shooting in Goa so that these unexplored areas attract more tourists.