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  • Quick recap of Bollywood small town stories in previous years
  • Why these Bollywood small town stories doing good box office collection
  • Challenges faced during shooting these Bollywood small town movies

Capturing the exotic beauty of Indian small towns, Bollywood has come home with more of real life content than dramatic storylines. From shooting in Kashmir (Haider) to Bihar (Gangs of wasseypur) directors are exploring different small towns and villages to bring out  the fresh content on screen.

These small towns not only adds to the  locations but also give a unique storyline to the Bollywood film-makers.

Small town bollywood stories like Toilet ( Mathura), Bariely Ki Barfi ( Bareily) ,Badrinath ki Dulhania ( Kota) , Gangs of wasseypur (Bihar)  ,Ranjhana and Masaan ( Varnasi) and many more made a special place in the hearts of the audiences due its unique content.

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Poster of movie Badrinath Ki Dulhania

“These bollywood small town stories are rich in content. They are as close to the reality as possible. People are easily connected to these stories. These stories are the future of Bollywood” says Mukesh Chbbra, Casting Director.

As these movies portray the life of an ordinary man living in small town, It increases the number of viewers in the middle-class section of the audiences.

“It has to do with bollywood targeting its audiences in small town cities as well youth who come from the small towns to the cities. Inspite of living in corporate English culture, they want to see a movies they can relate to” says Murtaza Ali Khan, Film Critic.

 Bollywood is no longer about theatrical dialogue delivery, it is shifting towards dialect driven realism in the movies. From Bundelkhandi in Paan Singh Tomar to Haryanvi in Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Indian cinema is using different dialects from all over the country.

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Poster of movie Tanu Weds Manu

“When we shoot in particular region it is very important to use the dialect of that place but at the same time the dialogues should be universally understood.

The balance is maintained to keep in mind that audience does not get over-bored and enjoy the movie” says Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, director ( Bariely ki barfi and Nil Battey Sannata).

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Poster of movie Nil Battey Sannata

Actors in Bollywood are no longer striving for heroic role but want to do real life characters which is connected to the audience closely.

Directors have become very particular about choosing the actors suitable for role.

“To give realistic touch to the character we find local artists  from small towns to train the cast for bringing out the character on screen, also budget of these small town bollywood stories have to kept in mind while casting.“ Says Mukesh Chabbra , Casting director.

Shooting in the regional beauty comes with lot of challenges.

Taking permissions, cooperation of locals and handling the fan following while shooting  “ A lot problems are faced during the shooting but the stories found in these small towns cannot be shot in big cities, that magic is can only be created in the small regional places.

People are unaware of shooting formats and It becomes difficult to handle the crowd during shoots” Says Sandeep Singh, co-Producer (Bhoomi).

When it comes to the character portrayal in the story, it is very important that it does not hurt the sentiments of the people from that place.

It should look real and viewers who belong to that particular region should feel proud.” Ashwiny says.

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Poster of movie Bareily Ki Barfi

These bollywood small town stories are not only winning the hearts of the audience but are also good box office collection. “ Movie like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz with shooting budget of around 3 crores have done box office collection of 5 crores in first two days of the release.

So we can see these small town  low budget films are not only able to recover their cost but are also able to make reasonable profit out of it.” Adds Murtaza.

“Line producers play a major role when shooting small towns as they know the locals and help in taking the permissions.

For many movies we have to take the permission for renting the house during shoot which is arranged by line producers only.” Ashwiny adds.

Prepared By Pragya Mittal | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Bill Gates praises “Toilet Ek Prem Katha”

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Bill Gates praises "Toilet Ek Prem Katha". IANS

Mumbai, Dec 23, 2017: Shree Narayan Singh, the director of “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” can’t stop marvelling at the impact his film has made. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and now Bill Gates, the film has been noticed by the high and the mighty.

Singh, who began his career with a small insignificant totally-forgotten film, “Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai”, in 2012 was virtually reborn in 2017.

“It was Neeraj Pandey who pulled me out of oblivion. Of course I was proud to be associated with ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’. It launched the acting career of the grandson of one of my favourite filmmakers Shakti Samanta.

“But the film flopped and I would’ve vanished if it was not for Neerajji. He invited me to assist him in all his films including his productions that he didn’t direct,” says Singh who is the second of 6 children born in a family in Uttar Pradesh.

When the producers decided to launch Singh as an independent director he got a choice of three scripts.

“But it was this one, the one that became ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ written by Siddharth and Garima that I immediately warmed up to. The story of a bride who leaves her husband when she got to know there’s no toilet in her sasural, resonated in my mind. Once Akshay Sir came on board everything fell into place,” he said.

Prior to Akshay many of the A-list actors including Shah Rukh Khan had turned up their nose at a film about toilet habits.

Singh describes Akshay as a blessing.

“His dedication to making ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ is indescribable. He would be the first one on the sets even if we shot till 1 am on the previous night.Normally he doesn’t shoot for more than 8 hours per day. But I only had to ask and he would be there for me , all ready and raring to go as lomg as I wanted him.He treated me like a child who needs nurturing. I don’t know if I could’ve made this film without Akshay Sir. His passion and dedcation are very inspiring,” he said.

And now Bill Gates has tweeted in support of ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.

He said: “I am falling short of words. It’s difficult for me to say this in mere words to express my gratitude towards Mr. Gates for appreciating a simple film like TEPK. But it definitely gives me a big high hearing appreciation from someone like Bill Gates. I mean…wow! Is Mr Gates aware of any other Hindi film?”

Shree Narayan’s new film “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” about power theft featuring Shahid Kapoor in the lead , to be shot in Hardwar , promises to be as hard hitting as “Toilet Ek Prem Katha”.

“Whatever I make would have to connect with the day-to-day problems of the workingclass. Baqi , sab Ishwar ke haath mein hai,” Singh ooks up in the sky. (IANS)