Bihar-born actress Neetu Chandra
wants to break stereotypes in Bhojpuri cinema with her debut
production venture Deswa, which she says will show the
eastern state in good light, drawing attention to migration
"For the first time, Bihar will be shown in a good light
through this film. I want people to look at Bihar with their
eyes and not ears. Whatever is spoken about Bihar is what has
been heard of. In reality, its a great state that gave birth
to legends like Ashoka, Bismillah Khan, Rajendra Prasad and
others," Neetu told PTI.
The Bollywood actress, who has her roots in Patna, is
producing the film under the banner Champaran Talkies.
Deswa will be hitting big screens on February 4 next
year while it will have a curtain raiser for delegates at IFFI
in Goa, hours before the festival gets over in Panaji.
The film is being directed by Neetu's brother Nitin
Chandra and features theatre actors from Bihar, with a focus
"The movie revolves around three youths and their
struggle in life considering the trend of migration.What will
happen to Bihar with such migration happening," Neetu said.
The actress-model is a bit critical about Bhojpuri cinema
and says it does not appeal to her.
"I don't say Bhojpuri films are vulgar but I don't find
them appealing. To a certain level, I can't watch a Bhojpuri
movie with my family," she said.
Neetu, who has a guest appearance in the film, says
'Deswa' is not a hardcore Bihari film.
"Its a story which can be seen by kids and elders of the
family sitting together."
Kranti Jha, a well known name in the world of theatre
plays the role of Rajiv Kumar in the film. Along with him,
Deepak Singh, a native of Siwan, is essaying the role of
Ajay Kumar, a National School of Drama graduate who is
associated with a number of prominent national-international
theatre groups, and Arti Puri too have a major role in the film. It also stars veteran character actor Ashish Vidyarthi.