We''ve taken Bhojpuri cinema from obscurity to IFFI: Neetu
By Kunal Dutt
New Delhi, Nov 21 (PTI) For a vernacular film industry that has suffered over the years, the news of a Bhojpuri film being included in the prestigious Indian International Film Festival for the first time is seen by its makers as another milestone.
Selected for the Indian Panorama at the ongoing 43rd IFFI, ''Deswa'', made on a shoestring budget, is the first Bhojpuri film ever to make an entry into the festival.
"We''ve taken ''Deswa'' and Bhojpuri cinema from obscurity to IFFI. My dream to make good Bhojpuri films with regional storytelling and international appeal, finally seem to have been realised," actress-turned-producer Neetu Chandra told PTI.
Her director brother Nitin Chandra and their production team is ecstatic about the IFFI screening.
"When I first received the email from IFFI I could not believe it. But, I guess our hard work has finally borne fruit. And, I believe that this is the beginning of the moment of redemption for the once-beautiful Bhojpuri film industry which has over the years fallen from grace," said Nitin.
Neetu further emphasised that "she was saddened to see the contemporary Bhojpuri film industry become synonymous with sleaze and obscenity".
"Last year I''d announced at the screening of ''Deswa'' during the ''Bihar Diwas'' Bhojpuri film festival that we''ll take this to international festivals and now I guess the moment of reckoning has arrived," said the ''Traffic Signal'' star. .