Sanjai Mishra feels that Kadvi Hawa was praised internationally but didn’t get fair treatment in India
Actor Sanjai Mishra says that small and big-budget, both kind of films should be treated equally. He also talks about international film festivals helping small films get good buzz around them.Updated: Jun 19, 2018, 17:13 IST
Actor Sanjai Mishra has always made it a point to balance both art house and commercial cinema. His recent movie, Kadwi Hava, (about climate change and how it affects the poor state of farmers ) recently did the rounds at many international film festivals.
Kadwi Hava recently did the rounds of many international film festivals. Ask Sanjai if getting screened at these festivals helps small films, and he explains, “When I was small, in Bihar, my hometown, there used to be one thing called alsi (flaxseed). Whenever we used to come home from school, we would be given that to eat it with different types of rice... However, whenever any guests used to come home, they would be served basmati and not alsi.”
He goes on, “Today, we are being reminded of that alsi by the people from outside, who are selling it as flaxseeds. Similarly, one day will come when they will tell us that you have such good subjects, why were you searching for it all around? We always get to know the truth about us through others.”
He reveals that Kadvi Hawa, though recognised internationally, wasn’t given fair treatment back home.
Troubled by the fact that such small films don’t even get adequate screens, Sanjai further says, “I am a big fan of independent producers. People come into films to become actors, but these few people want to produce films, and that too not the ones, which will fetch them ₹200 crores. Let them, at least, earn ₹4-5 crore so that they can make one more such film.”
His recently released film, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, was shot in the interior parts of India. What’s surprising is that it too, didn’t get many theatres. “Hamari picture Banares mein shoot hui hai, aur Banares mein hi screens nahi mili…wow! Main Bihar ka hoon, mere dost, jaane-waale Kadwi Hawa nahi dekh paaye, wahaan jaayengi vaisi filmein jo aapki so-called Dhamaal hoti hain. (Our film was shot in Benares, and it didn’t get screens even there! I am from Bihar, and my friends and acquaintances there didn’t get to see Kadvi Hawa. There, only films like your so-called Dhamaal will be able to reach),” he signs off.
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