Nagpur: In spite of living in the 21st century, widespread casteism prevails in our society. Many speak about a change in the thinking, breaking all barriers of caste, religion etc when it comes to interpersonal relationships, or romantic relationships etc. However, when it comes to getting married (especially arranged marriage), our parents look for a girl or a boy from their own caste. We still read, hear or see news of many young boys or girls or both getting killed because of falling in love or marrying outside their caste or religion. These killings are called honour killings.
While speaking exclusively with Nagpur Today, Masaan film’s Promoter Director Rakesh explained about the ostracization of the Chandals (the man who aids in Hindu funeral rites) that prevailed for a long time in Indian culture. These Chandals used to live inside the graveyard only. Whenever they went to the village, they had to ring a bell so that the citizens of the village move out or remain in their homes. He was somebody who helped in piling wood upon the dead-body before burning the pyre.
The movie released in Hindi, Kashika (Bhojpuri) and English, named ‘Masaan’ relates a tale of how a low-caste Chandal’s son falls in love with a higher-caste girl. Rakesh Totla claimed that the story revolves around four lives that intersect along the river Ganga: A low caste boy in hopeless love, a daughter ridden with guilt of a sexual encounter ending in a tragedy, a hapless father with fading morality, and a spirited child yearning for a family and the longing to escape the moral constraints of a small town. He claimed that the whole movie relates to a story which will be appreciated by people from small-time village to towns and cities.
He added that except for seven to eight Bollywood actors and actresses, the rest of the cast are people who were picked up from Banaras and made to act in the movie after a few days of training. The shooting too is said to be on natural setting without any artificial setting or disturbing the natural locales.
Totla also claimed that the script writer Varun Grover had approached many producers and directors to do this film. However, almost everybody refused to make this film. Finally the producers Manish Mundra, Macassar Productions, Phantom Films, Arte France Cinema and Pathe Productions agreed to do this movie.
Totla claimed that the cast which includes Richa Chadda, Sanjay Mishra, Vicky Kaushal, Sweta Tripathi, Vineet Kumar, Pankaj Tripathi, Bhupesh Singh, Bhagwan Tiwari, Satya Kam Anand and Nikil Sahani performed wonders in the film and retained the ethos and the feelings or emotions desired by the script writer and director.
Totla also claimed that the producers have come-up with movies like ‘Umrica’, ‘Dhanak’, ‘Waiting’, ‘X’ and ‘Ankhon Dekhi’ (already released).