After tasting success at one of the grandest stages for filmmakers, Cannes Film Festival, a Ranchi boy is finding it difficult to get funds for his new project.
Hemwant Kumar Tiwari, 27, acted in Zindagi Bahut Khoobsurat Hai which one of the few Indian short films selected to be screened at Cannes Court Metrage in 2013. He was the assistant director and involved in the pre-production stage of the film as well.
Zindagi Bahut Khoobsurat Hai was about a day spent by a man in Mumbai and showcased how humanity still prevails in the country where everyone is busy running the rat race.
Tiwari says his next project, Salaam - a film on honour killing - has the potential to be made into a feature film but he has not been able to develop it due to lack of funds.
"The film has been appreciated online and I am seeking financial support to release it in the mainstream film industry," he said.
Tiwari, who was born and brought up in Ranchi, has written the script, directed and acted in the film. The five-minute film is based on friendship and highlights the social evil of honour killing.
He says the film has been also been appreciated by leading technicians of the film industry, but very few producers want to invest in realistic plots.
His journey as a filmmaker and actor started off on a high note and has since been a struggle, he says. In fact, Tiwari says he shot Salaam after taking a loan from a friend.
"I do not have the money to shoot and release Salaam as a feature film and have not met any sponsor yet," Tiwari said, adding that it was high time filmmakers start promoting realistic films and not run after commercial dramas solely.
Drawing inspiration from Charlie Chaplin, Tiwari wants to make and act in films that send out a strong social message to viewers and contribute towards changing the society.
Despite the struggle, he does not want aspiring filmmakers and actors from smaller cities like Ranchi to give up.
"The city does not matter. I belong to Ranchi and still I managed to do a film that was watched by international audience. I am still striving hard and so should anyone who has the zeal to make films."