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Small Town Stories Making big in Bollywood: Bollywood New Trend

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First poster of Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Wikipedia
  • 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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Interview with Zaira Wasim: Don’t know if I’ll become full-time actress in future

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Full Interview with 'Zaira Wasim' actor of Bollywood film 'Secret Superstar'

Mumbai: All of 16, the star of “Secret Superstar” Zaira Wasim says she isn’t sure if she wants to become a full-time actress when she grows up.

After her “Dangal” act, Zaira has won praises galore for her role in her latest movie “Secret Superstar”, in which she is seen as an aspiring singer.

Zaira, who comes from Kashmir, says she did not grow up watching Hindi films much and had no desire to become an actress.

“I still do not know if I am going to become an actress in future as a serious full-timer, but every time when I act, I try to deliver my best… Both the films that I have done offer beautiful stories,” Zaira told IANS here.

Both “Dangal” and “Secret Superstar” have one more person in common — superstar Aamir Khan. But Zaira’s performance was not overshadowed in any way.

Recalling her audition for “Dangal”, she said: “I did not go there with any expectation, but with a curious mind to explore and know what is acting and how they audition. Rest was a process and I think I am one of the luckiest children who got the best opportunity. And then working with AK (Aamir Khan) twice… I am blessed.”

So how well does she handle her new celebrity status and recognition, especially when people walk up to her with selfie requests?

“Oh yes, I want to share this. So, we all know that my hair was cut for ‘Dangal’ and my look was different, right? One day, a fellow came to me with a mobile phone, saying, ‘Arrey bhaiya, aap woh Aamir Khan waale picture me thhe na? Ek photo le le?’ I mean because of my short hair, that guy calls me brother? I mean my first fan… and bhaiya?”

However, according to her, the feeling of recognition is always overwhelming.

“They look at me with so much love and affection and appreciate me for my work! What could be more overwhelming than this?”

Yet, the glamour and glitter of Bollywood and her newly-achieved celebrity status has not changed anything in Zaira as the youngster still finds her comfort in her room, lazing around on her bed and playing with her pet cats.

She says she’s an introvert who still finds it difficult to talk to the media for her films’ promotion.

“Nothing has changed in me, trust me… I can spend the whole day in a room with some good food, and play with my cats. I have three cats — one is black, one white and a brown kitten. I love them… I keep playing with them.”

Zaira has travelled across the country with her parents, but her heart lies in Srinagar. She grew up with a brother, and says she has always been the “good girl”

“Seriously, you can ask my mom, I was such a good, silent kid who was never curious to touch the fire to see what happens. No, I was not cranky or irritating who was crying every now and then… I remained a good girl as a baby.

“But yes, I think now I trouble her (mother) a little. I am a little clumsy and a little lazy, and my mother does not like that. I do not dress up, and I’m always tripping and falling over things… Little messy, you know,” she said, breaking into innocent laughter.(IANS)

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Akshay Kumar got Replaced from the Sequel of Singh Is King.Who Replaced Him?

The famous Bollywood actor replaced Akshay Kumar in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.

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Akshay Kumar got replaced in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng
Akshay Kumar got replaced in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.ians
  • After Welcome Back and sequel of Namastey London, Akshay is giving away most of his movie franchises to other actors.
  • Akshay Kumar seems to be more interested in serious cinema.

Producer Shailendra Singh gave a hint of signing Ranveer Singh in the lead role of in the sequel of Singh is Kinng called  ‘Sher Singh’

The 50-year-old actor has given a number of blockbuster romantic comedies like Welcome, Singh Is Kinng and Namstey London but unfortunately will not be seen in their sequels. He earlier got replaced with John Abraham in Welcome back then Arjun Kapoor replaced him in the sequel of Namastey London and now Ranveer Singh may replace him in the sequel of Singh Is Kinng.

Also Read: Akshay Kumar puts a smile on PM Narendra Modi’s face with title of his next film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’

Producer Shailendra Singh said in a statement that he has been waiting for 5 years to get back the title Singh Is Kinng but Vipul Shah refused to it. Due to this, he picked up another title ‘Sher Singh’ for the sequel. Also, he decided to pick another name, because, the name Singh Is Bling had also been explored. So, a similar sounding title would create confusion.

He didn’t clearly mentioned the name of Ranveer Singh to play the lead in the movie but gave a hint stating that the young actor Ranveer Singh could possibly be seen in the never-seen-before avatar while sporting a turban in his next.

-prepared by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05

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Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Director Karan Johar reunited on Five Years Completion of Student Of The Year

Alia, Varun and Sidharth tweet their happiness on the completion of 5 years of SOTY.

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Alia, Varun , Sidharth and Karan celebrating Diwaali and 5 years of Student Of The Year.
Alia, Varun, Sidharth and Karan celebrating Diwaali and 5 years of Student Of The Year. Instagram
  • Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra started their career in Bollywood together with the movie Student Of The Year.
  • The trio shares their happiness on social media along with the film’s director Karan Johar.

The date of completion of Five years of Student Of The Year Coincided with Diwali

Karan Johar and his favourite students Alia, Varun and Sidharth were very happy about the fact that Student Of The Year completed its five years on Diwali.

They not only shared about the happiness on this occasion but praised each other for being good friends in the past five years of the Bollywood industry. They celebrated Diwali together with Karan Johar and shared the moments with their fans on social media. Take a look at tweets by Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra-

Alia Bhatt expressed her gratitude towards Karan Johar for supporting her in her debut in the Bollywood industry.

Varun Dhawan tweets about the occasion as a special day as he started his career five years back on the same day.

Whereas Sidharth Malhotra tweets about the nervousness n the first day on the sets of Student Of The Year.

Whereas Director of the movie Karan Johar shared a picture from the movie and stated about the bond he has with the team of the ‘Student Of The Year’.

-prepared  by Pragya Mittal of NewsGram | Twitter @PragyaMittal05