Mumbai: Director Shree Narayan Singh’s next offering ‘Chitrakoot ke Tulsidas’ is a small town-based tale from the religious place Chitrakoot.
We’re curious to know what the story will bring about this time as Singh till now has attempted to change people’s mindset for a better India.
The filmmaker, who is known to make issue-based films, came to the limelight with ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.
He is now all set to release his next film, ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor.
Surprisingly, both Singh and Shahid have been blessed with a baby boy, on the 1st and 5th respectively of this month.
Thus, it’s the time to rejoice in their families.
“I have been very busy as my baby ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ is about to release. I am here finishing post-production job at a blitzkrieg speed. I often leave from here in the afternoon, just go home, have a shower and return immediately. I get no time to sleep so I sleep in the car only. My baby has to be delivered,” He adds smilingly.
Singh always wanted to tap issue-based subjects, “Yes! Ever since I travelled to Mumbai, I kept in mind the thought of bringing up some issue-based subjects onto the celluloid, that can change the lives of people. I enjoy making such films, and I have grown up in that small town environment. There are some thoughts that have left an undying impression on my mind. If I feel I can bring about a change with such topics, then my life is complete. I love to speak on such topics. I was lucky enough to get a great team of writers, Siddharth and Garima, who ably brought in a pinch of humor to my serious subject. However, I am never attracted to larger than life kind of situations. I am more close to real storytelling, thus my backdrop will always be very simple and relatable and also close to reality.”
His film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ was a masterstroke, but was he sure about the film clicking at the B.O? Any pressure for ‘BGMC’? “I can't tell whether my film will click or not. It just happened the subject was good and the cast was right. Akshay Kumar came into it. It happened as everything fell in place. There are some good films which did not do well. My first film ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ didn't do well at the box office. It was in my space. I always pray to God to help me because so much money has been invested into it. You can't make the same kind of films again and again.”
His next film too has a weird subject. He elaborates, “I am doing Sajid Nadiadwala's film which is literally on paper. Everything depends on the script and the casting. We are working on it. But the script has yet not been locked. If I don’t get the cast, I cannot wait, so if any other script is ready I may request Sajid and start working on it. Usually after the script is ready only can we think about the star cast.”
Elaborating on the subject of his next, he reveals, “It’s a love story with a message. It's a different subject and everybody will connect to it, especially girls will connect more. It’s a small town story based in Chitrakoot and the title is, 'Chitrakoot ke Tulsidas’. Basically, we follow a tradition that after marriage girls need to go to their husband’s home. Why can’t it be vice-versa? Why can't boys shift? Why only girls should be bound by such traditions?”
So will he change the trend since a son is born to him now? “Basically the idea is that if such situations occur, we should be open to changes. Why can’t we change? I have no problems to begin the change from my home itself if at all such circumstances occur."
Let’s wait and watch whether Shree Narayan Singh will change the rules. We need to wait for his newborn son to grow up....