The sequel to cult Haryanavi film Chandrawal is set to release this Friday. The film created history with its unprecedented financial success in 1984 in the regional film industry. "Haryanavi film industry is almost dead, but with the release of Chandrawal's sequel, we hope to infuse new blood in the industry," says Nishant Prabhakar, director and co-producer of the film.
Nishant is the son of late Devi Shankar Prabhakar, who was the lyricist and the writer of the original film.
Nishant says that while the sequel takes Chandrawal's story ahead, the screenplay is completely different. "It has enough freshness and contemporary appeal to engross the present-day audience. Even the dialect has been kept simple so that people with a little knowledge of Haryanavi can understand it too," he says.
"The biggest challenge for us was to live up to the expectations set by the original film. While we are waiting for the audience's reaction, we are confident that we have made a quality film," says Nishant.
"Music is the main attraction of Chandrawal-II," informs Usha Sharma, producer of the film, who played the lead in Chandrawal.
While Bollywood composer Uttam Singh has composed music for the film, singers Udit Narayan, Shaan, and Richa Sharma have sung songs for the film.
Nishant informs that the promos of Chandrawal-II have received good response on YouTube and Facebook and people have particularly liked the song, Desa me des Haryana, jit doodh dahi ka khana. "It is a love story with a social message and I am sure the audience will relate with the characters," he says.
The film premiered in Chandigarh on Tuesday at DT Mall. The entire team, including the young lead pair Shikha Nehra and Kuldeep Rathi, were present at the premiere.
While the movie will be released at 11 locations in Haryana and six to seven locations in western UP, the release in Chandigarh and Panchkula is expected a week later. "The release is delayed in the tricity because we have not got a theatre still," says Nishant.