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Bringing people in theatres more challenging now: Ranjit Tiwari

Comments  Comments [ 0 ]    By IANS | 25 September 2017 | 12:19pm

With various avenues of entertainment, filmmakers are going through a positive change of attempting experimental storytelling, says "Lucknow Central" director Ranjit Tiwari, who feels wooing the audience to cinema halls is becoming a bigger challenge.

His own "Lucknow Central", which released earlier this month, was based on a real life incident where five prisoners form a music band. It made for an unusual story in mainstream Bollywood.

Tiwari told IANS here: "I think the audience is ready to watch good and different stories which are a positive sign for people like us to experiment with storytelling. These days, people have ample avenues of entertainment; they are exposed to international stories on digital platforms.

"So, they have to get a solid reason to come out of their house, step into a theatre, invest money and time for a film. It has to be that good. Bringing people in theatre is much challenging now."

Tiwari went through a lot of research work to know and unveil the world inside jail and lives of prisoners in the story of "Lucknow Central". As the film aims to give a message of reintegration of prisoners in the mainstream society, Tiwari shared an anecdote.

"When I started working with Prahlad (ad guru Prahlad Kakkar) many years ago, there was a girl with HIV+ who used to work with us. At that time, HTV+ patients were not treated with equality and it was a challenge for them to find their space in the professional world.

"But in our office, we never did that, and that is how I as an individual realized that if we want to make a change, this is how we have to start. In the film, I tried to establish the same thought," Tiwari said.

"Lucknow Central" features Farhan Akhtar, Diana Penty, Gippy Grewal, Rajesh Sharma, Inaamulhaq, Ronit Roy, Ravi Kishan and Deepak Dobriyal.

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Ronit Roy Ronit Roy

Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar

Diana Penty Diana Penty

Ravi Kishan Ravi Kishan

Deepak Dobriyal Deepak Dobriyal

Rajesh Sharma Rajesh Sharma

Inaamulhaq Inaamulhaq

Gippy Grewal Gippy Grewal

Prahlad Kakkar Prahlad Kakkar

Lucknow CentralLucknow Central
Year : 2017

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