EXCLUSIVE: Kamakhya Narayan Singh on contrast between Bhor & Toilet: Ek Prem Katha: It has different narrative

Updated on Feb 20, 2021 11:51 AM IST  |  501.2K
   
EXCLUSIVE: Kamakhya Narayan Singh on contrast between Bhor & Toilet: Ek Prem Katha: It has different narrative
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Bollywood movies have a lot of impact on society as a result of which the filmmakers are often keen to make movies on social issues. Amid this, filmmaker Kamakhya Narayan Singh has come up with his recent movie Bhor is the story of a young girl who fights against all odds to build a toilet for sanitation. The movie, which marks Kamakhya’s directorial debut, has released recently and is being globally acclaimed leaving the filmmaker overwhelmed with the adulation coming his way.

When quizzed about the special moment amid receiving acclaims and appreciation at various international film festivals, Kamakhya said, “The appreciation and awards were the ones that gave me confidence that what I've done is right but the thing which overwhelmed me was my mother's remark. When she saw the film for the first time she told me that your characters are looking like Musahars and that was the most overwhelming remark as a first time filmmaker for me.” Interestingly, this is isn’t the first time that a movie has been made on similar issues. 

To this, Kamakhya opines that his movie is different from the earlier released films. He emphasised, “My film deals with rural India and it's on the caste system. Everyone has a different set of narrative. You make a love story every now and then but the love stories are different. The topic is very similar but what's different is the narrative and that's what makes my film different from the others.” To note, the movie is facing a lot of comparison with Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Mere Pyaare Prime Minister. Speaking about the same, Kamakhya stated, “Akshay Kumar sir's film or Om Prakash Mehra sir's film deals more with the problem of the urban or semi-urban area. Every topic has a different perspective and my film deals with rural India. Hence, my narrative had a perspective of the caste system, education, gender issues and this all together is a different way of storytelling. I've used a different way with different shades into it and sanitation is one of them.”

Interestingly, Bhor, which has received critical acclaim at more than 30 film festivals, managed to create an impact without the presence of any big star. To this, the filmmaker explained, “I wanted to make a film which I truly believed in and I think so that helped us in creating the impact that we have. We worked on everything very precisely right from the casting, costume, language, body language and that made the difference. We worked a lot on the background music as I wasn't happy with it. There were scenes, shots, workshops for two months and those things helped a lot in creating an impact. When the film went to the festival, it was received well. The various awards it bagged globally is what turned things for us.”

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