Nipun Dharmadhikari has worn many hats - Actor, Writer, Producer, and Director during his 13 year stint in the Marathi film and theatre industry. He wrote his first script at 18 and has won numerous State Awards, since. Forbes recognized him as a 'theatre revivalist' in their illustrious '30 under 30 in Asia' list in 2016.
Along with co-writing the Bollywood film ‘Nautanki Sala', Nipun has directed, written as well as produced the Marathi film ‘Baapjanma’ starring Sachin Khedekar. In his second outing as a Film Director for ‘Dhappa’ he is leveraging his experience of growing up in a vibrant housing society and the flavour of community-driven cultural events, that he witnessed, firsthand as a child.
Girish Pandurang Kulkarni, a Mechanical Engineer by qualification is an Actor, Writer and Producer with 2 National Film Awards to his credit. He is well known for writing and starring in several Marathi Films like 'Valu', 'Deeol' and 'Jaundya Na Balasaheb'.
International audiences recognise him for his role in the blockbuster Bollywood hit 'Dangal' and critically acclaimed Netflix series 'Sacred Games'. Girish wrote 'Dhappa' after being inspired by a true story, he read which he then wanted to bring to the big screen. His Production Company, Arbhaat Films formed in partnership with Film Director Umesh Kulkarni has produced this children's film, as well.
A group of children in a Pune housing society decides to perform a play on environmental conservation as part of Ganeshotsav celebrations, featuring prophets and historical figures of various religions and ethnicities. This does not go down well with local politicians, who disrupt their practice and threaten them with dire consequences. While the scared parents sit around debating the validity of the situation, the kids take matters into their own hands to solve the matter. Dhappa tries to question the religious boundaries people have created through the innocence of children.