Nagpur: Nagpur is getting more and more importance in India’s socio-political circle, but now we are also seeing its growing influence in Film Industry too. Be it in Production side (Classmates Marathi Movie), Acting side (Sonu Sood), Direction Side (Rajkumar Hirani, Subhash Ghai) or Art Direction side (Rajnish Hedao), Film Editing side (Abhijeet Kokate)Nagpur is gaining prominence due to outstanding performance of individuals. Now a production company from Nagpur i.e. Drishyam Films with Promoter Director and Co-producer Rakesh Totla is making waves across the world increasing the respect for Indian cinema across the globe.
Drishya Films and Phantom Films released their Cannes Best Film Award winning movie MASAAN on 24th July. The movie is Directed by Cannes Best Debutant Director Award winning Film Director Neeraj Ghaywan. Drishyam Films had arranged an interactive session “Rendezvous with Neeraj Ghaywan” at Chitnavis Centre today.
It was an informal interaction session between Nagpur Film Fraternity and the award winning Director. Neeraj gave a detailed story about his journey into films and how he took a life changing decision of getting into actual creative film making process and even deferred his marriage by few years for the same.
When Anchor Puja Singh asked him about the stealth shooting technics of Anurag Kashyap, Neeraj said, “I learnt it while working with him as his assistant for Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly. In fact, Anurag often says that unless you get arrested at least twice, you are can not be a film maker. I have my own complete kit to avoid such arrests as much as possible. It includes a fake press id card, recorder, camera, etc so that I can easily be passed as a journalist in case of restricted areas.”
Keen film makers asked many questions to Neeraj which he answered in his trademark calm and composed voice. When praised about the “Breakdown crying scene” of the hero in MASAAN, he said, “It was actually an 8 min scene which was cut down to what you see now. Vicky Kaushal being a method actor was in the mourning mood for few days and we shot is different stages and when finally he breaks down, I asked him to just do what he feels. And it had come out very well.”
When he was asked about “What not to do?” in the industry, he replied “Never be dishonest. Be honest to your work, script and craft and sooner or later success will follow you.”
The session was attended by VED President Devendra Parekh and many members of VED too. When Devendra Parekh asked Neeraj about ideas to boost film development in the region, Neeraj said “The day a movie which is made in Nagpur and released across India which makes good waves and money, it will get noticed by the Film Industry. Then you can get industry experts on your panel to formulate Film City in Nagpur”
Earlier, Neeraj also visited PVR Cinemas to greet the audience of his movie before the start of the film. He was welcomed with thunderous applause and audience was thrilled to see the Director himself in front of them and speaking to them. In all, it was a nice multiplex visit to excite his movie audience and enriching informal interaction which gave city Film Makers and movie buffs to get insights about the film industry and also to know more about MASAAN and its Director. With more such activities happening often, Nagpur can soon be on the map of Indian Film Industry.