The pull of film

at the film festival. Pictures by Hardeep Singh

The last time he was in Ranchi, it was to attend a film festival, Suhana Safar. This time too, a film fest (Cynosure-2013, organised by the mass communication department of St Xavier's College) has brought Chanakya man Chandraprakash Dwivedi, a qualified medical professional, to the state capital. The Bollywood director and script writer, who made the critically acclaimed Pinjar, was all praises about Jharkhand-based directors like Meghnath and Bijju Toppo. He also spoke about his passion, serials and of course, films in a chat with Arti S. Sahuliyar

This is your third visit to Ranchi… how do you feel to be part of a students' film festival?

It's my passion about films and film-making that brought me here so that I could be a part of the film festival and watch documentaries made by young people. I am looking forward to an interface with the young minds and have an exchange of ideas, which is important in film-making. It (the film fest) is one of the ideal platforms to promote young talents through short films and documentaries

What do you feel about Ranchi that is hosting film festivals frequently? Even the state government is taking keen interest in organising film festivals like Suhana Safar …

I was part of that festival and laud the Union Directorate of Film Festival and Jharkhand information and public relations department for taking the initiative to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. Here also, we came across a number of talented film-makers, who are taking their job quite seriously. We look forward to be part of more such film festivals in Ranchi in the near future

Though your serials (Chanakya and Mrityunjay) got lukewarm response, you followed your passion and directed another historical saga Upanishad Ganga, which is shown on DD 1 every Sunday...

Initially, I was a bit reluctant and thought this serial would fail to strike the chord with audience. But to my surprise, we are getting good response as not only viewers above 50, but even youngsters are appreciating the show. I have been able to draw the interest of all age groups. Even we got good TRP, much higher than Chanakya or Mrityunjay

When will your most-awaited film, Mohalla Assi, that was expected to be released in October 2011, will finally hit the screens? Any particular reason for choosing Sunny Deol, who is seen more as a commercial hero?

Sunny is very supportive and when I narrated the story, he immediately gave his nod. Besides, Sunny is an acclaimed actor, who even won the national award for the film, Damini. You will find him in a different avatar in my movie. It will release in April this year

Tell us about your upcoming projects

My two forthcoming films ' Kashinath Singh and Young Journalist from Rajasthan ' are satires. We are likely to start shooting this September. I don't wish to divulge much at this juncture as it is too early

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