The emperor of Bhojpuri cinema, Ravi Kishen, is now set to pair opposite Konkona Sen Sharma in a remake of Goutam Ghose's Paar.
The actor recently shot a re-make of Mahesh Bhatt's Naam. "The film is called Purab Aur Paschim and has Suman Ranganathan with me. The director is Jai Prakash who had directed the film Market featuring Manisha Koirala," says Ravi.
The Bhojpuri actor recently also shot with superstar Amitabh Bachchan for Deepal Sawant's Ganga. "It was an unreal experience. He works so hard. When people call me the Amitabh Bachchan of Bhojpuri cinema I feel so honoured."
In the era of re-makes, when other filmmakers are re-making super hits like Don, Sholay and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Ravi Kishan plans to rework Goutam Ghose's off-beat 1984 film, Paar.
"I'm going to produce this film purely aiming at the National Awards. This year at the Bhojpuri popular awards, Dilip Kumar saab gave me the best actor award. That whetted my appetite. I'm going to leave no stone unturned to get into the role of the low-class pig-tender in Paar ... cut my hair, wallow in mud, just like Naseerbhai."
Ravi plans to sign Konkona Sen Sharma for Shabana Azmi's role in Paar. "Amol Shetge who directed me in Ravi Kissen - where I play the double role of Ravi and Kissen - will direct Paar"
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In his Bhojpuri film career of four years, Ravi has done 17 films. "I was the only one who believed there was hope for the Bhojpuri film industry. I worked really hard in every department, sitting on scripts, music sittings, casting," said the actor who hails from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh.
"All my Bhojpuri films have been huge hits but I've seen the darkest of days. I've just worked with the God of acting, Amitabh Bachchan. And now I'm working with another superstar, Dilip Kumar Saab in the film Ab To Banja Sajana Hamaar, which is being produced Saira Banuji."
Ravi shoots five scenes a day and has 12 films on hand. "We shoot generally in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. But now with the industry doing well, we've started shooting abroad," he said.
"We shot a film produced by Udit Narayan in Mauritius. Then we shot in Britain and I did a Bhojpuri film with a British co-star. Purab Aur Paschim will be shot in Portugal. We now have Bhojpuri films going to 54 countries including the West Indies, Surinam and Fiji."