Bollywood: Content driven cinema is here to stay

  • Sneha Mahadevan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2015 15:08 IST
Pakistani writer Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri interact with Naseeruddin Shah during the inauguration of his Book”Neither a hawk or a dove” at Nehru Centre in Mumbai. (HT)

Content driven, small budget films seem to the order of the day. Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein starring Naseeruddin Shah, Amit Sial, Anand Tiwari, Subrat Dutta, Auroshikha Dey, Disha Arora, Manasi Rachh and Siraj Mustafa is one such upcoming film that releases on November 6. While most of the actors are a young bunch of theatre guys, they all had veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah to look up to, who is playing a cop in the investigative thriller, directed by Manish Srivastav.

Manish managed a casting coup of sorts when he roped in Naseer and the debutant director is more than happy with his star cast. “I feel totally blessed and privileged that I got an opportunity to direct him. The kind of finesse he brought to the character of DCP Sanket Pujari, surprised me. Contrary to what everyone had told me about him being difficult to deal with, he was totally committed and one of the warmest people I have worked with,” says Manish. Naseer saab too is all praise for the young actors. “I have great admiration for the younger generation of actors. I feel that many of them are skillful and far more informed, and technically more sound, compared to what actors of my generation were, at their age. I’m excited to see them make their mark without any Godfathers or sugar daddies. It’s inspiring to work with energetic and dedicated youngsters.”

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Producer Karan Arora (inset), who earlier produced Bhindi Bazaar and Kya Dilli Kya Lahore says, “This film is an intelligent thriller with a twisted climax like A Wednesday, but in Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein he plays a high-profile cop holding the audience to ransom. This is poised to be the most twisted thriller of the year.”

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