Known for his strong performances in films like Bandit Queen, Godmother and Daayra, actor Nirmal Pandey plans to direct a film based on very much a real issue - naxalism.
"I have been directing plays for a long time and since the subject is quite close to my hear, it prompted me to jump into directing movies," says Pandey, who also holds a unique distinction of winning a 'Best Actress Award' for his role in 'Daayra'.
Speaking about his directorial debut 'Dharti Ki Katha', Pandey says, "The root cause of the problem stems from the fact that development is yet to reach the villages and with basic needs of 'roti', 'kapda' and 'makaan' not being fulfilled the anger is vented in this manner."
He adds, "Not many films in the past have highlighted this issue in the best manner. I think bollywood should make films on social problems apart from making routine masala movies."
The film, which is being shot mostly in Maharashtra and Karnataka, has students from the National School of Drama (NSD), playing various roles.
"The main challenge was to bring alive the characters in the film and ensure that there were no superficial elements," says Pandey.
Explaining the reasons to opt for the NSD passouts, Pandey says, "The youngsters add depth to the role and most importantly a director can cast them into a mould of his choice and according to the need of the script."
Commenting on the current state of Hindi theatre in the country, the actor says, "The need of the hour is proper marketing and support from the government, as there is a good audience for the same."
The actor, however, is quite happy with the quality of Hindi drama, which he says still have the potential to produce some of the great artists.
Pandey, Who is also ventured into small screen and doing some television soaps, is quite critical of reality shows. "The shows do give a platform to the youngsters to exhibit their talent but care should be taken so that dishonesty does not creep in," he says.