National Award-winning filmmaker Nitin Chandra said directors like Anurag Kashyap and Prakash Jha can be saviours of Bhojpuri cinema, in an interaction with the media for his upcoming music video in Mumbai.
Chandra, who has directed films Deswa and Mithila Makhaan said that Bhojpuri cinema is stuck in a stereotype.
On the cinema losing its language and ground, he commented, “Languages such as Awadhi, Braj, Bhojpuri and Maithili are almost disappearing from the educated middle class as there is no education in these languages and no government support, especially to Bhojpuri.”
“This situation has given rise to crisis in terms of literature, music and cinema in our languages. Barely anyone is making respectful cinema, writing literature or creating music in the languages of these two states (Bihar and Uttar Pradesh), which is worth worrying,” he added.
Calling upon filmmakers such as Anurag Kashyap and Prakash Jha who hail from the Bhojpuri-speaking belt to improve and shape the condition or the general opinion about their native-tongue, he said, “Celebrated filmmakers Prakash Jha and Anurag Kashyap hail from Bhojpuri speaking areas and yet they are not making cinema in Bhojpuri language despite seeing its miserable condition. I feel they can still save Bhojpuri cinema. Filmmakers from south, Marathi, Punjabi and Bangla region have concentrated on their own cinema, creating a respectful identity and livelihood for local people.”
Chandra’s music video San San Bahey sung by Suresh Wadkar will be out today.
The director has also collaborated with renowned Indian musicians to improve the state of Bhojpuri and Maithili music in the past.