Aamir Khan starrer blockbuster “Dangal” will stay in the hearts of many for its entertainment value. The film broke various records, one of them being crossing the Rs 2,000-crore mark at the global box-office, a feat that is not easily achieved by Bollywood. The film’s director Nitesh Tiwari returns with his next directorial, “Chhichhore” soon. However, he isn’t feeling the box-office pressure.
“As far as the box-office is concerned, we didn’t know ‘Dangal‘ would become such a huge success. We made ‘Dangal‘ purely for the love of the story. We felt that the story needed to be told. We never kept the box-office result in mind, so there was never pressure when we made ‘Dangal‘,” Tiwari told IANS.
“However, after the success of ‘Dangal‘, the only pressure I would take would not be the box-office pressure. That would be unreal to have… to take that pressure. You can’t say ‘My film is going to perform so much at the box-office’. The only pressure and it is only human for me to feel that way is, I want to live up to the expectations of people. Whatever expectations they may have of me after ‘Dangal‘. I hope I will be successful in exceeding their expectations.”
After narrating the inspiring story of a wrestler in “Dangal“, Tiwari is set to take the audience back to his college days in “Chhichhore“.
Unlike “Dangal“, which had superstar Aamir, his new film has a young cast, including Sushant Singh Rajput, Varun Sharma, Tushar Pandey, Prateik Babbar and Shraddha Kapoor.
On finalising the cast, he said: “All of them needed to be great performers. It was something that was a given. The way I write most of my stories, there is a lot of scope for interesting performances. I was looking for people in a specific age category so that if I cut down a few years from them, they would look like college-going kids and if I add a few years, they would look like middle-aged people effortlessly. That’s why I kind of migrated towards actors who are in their early 30s.”
It is a college buddy film and the director has extracted a lot of stuff from his IIT days. Does it also deal with bullying?
“It touches upon various aspects of college life and hostel life in a positive manner. It’s all what I lived. We were made to feel extremely comfortable when we were juniors at IIT Bombay,” he said of his time in the prestigious engineering institute where he even got to shoot a portion of the film.
“I consider myself fortunate (to have got the chance to shoot inside IIT). I got to shoot where the germ (of the idea) originated. But mostly, I shot all over Mumbai,” said Tiwari, a fan of shooting at real locations. That sadly, won’t be possible for his next big-budget film.
Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar – who directed “Mom” – are set to helm a 3D version of the “Ramayan”. With an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore, this will be a live-action trilogy in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
“The location doesn’t exist, so I can’t shoot in a real location. I’ll have to create that,” he said with a smile.
The project is unlike any of his past films, in terms of genre or budget.
“Physically, it will be very different, but emotionally it follows the same pattern that I follow – (my films are) all great human stories. And ‘Ramayan‘ is a fabulous human story on relationships,” said the “Chillar Party” director.
Why “Ramayan” — a story that has been repeatedly told, especially on the small screen?
- “I think we don’t really remember too much of the ‘Ramayan‘. What happened back then on TV was fine. Time has passed, many people only know ‘Ramayan‘ at a surface level. If you dig deeper, it is far more beautiful than what it seems on the surface. People need to know the essence of ‘Ramayan‘,” said Tiwari.