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Pranaam is the story of love, ambition, sacrifice and revenge: Sanjiv Jaiswal



Lucknow: Filmmaker Sanjiv Jaiswal has said that his upcoming movie Pranaam is a throwback to the classical era- “made with latest technology bundled with melodious music, but with categorically no remix”.  Jaiswal spoke to us in an interview.

Q. You said that this film is a tribute to the classic era of Indian Cinema. What exactly do you mean to say by this?

A: There was a charm in films of that era. Though we had a structure that was common to most films, the experience was larger than life. Pranaam is a reckoning for the Indian cinema goers about how integral films of this genre are to the Indian culture. Every actor/director who has come to Bollywood today was at some point inspired by the cinema of that era. But the cinema evolved by the time they came of age and to fulfil this dream people resorted to remixes and modern remakes of such classics. Pranaam is a throwback to the Classical era.
Pranaam is a film that has an original story set in today’s day and age and made with the latest technology bundled with melodious  music with categorically no remixes by renowned artists, all designed to give you a peek into the classical era of Indian Cinema.

Q.Your last film was Shudra the rising which was released in 2012, you have just announced your second movie Pranaam, we would like to know why the long gap in between the two movies?

A: Shudra the Rising was a highly controversial movie and critically acclaimed movie which was well appreciated globally. The response of the audience was quite overwhelming so where the expectations that came along with it for the kind of film that was expected from me. Meanwhile the whole film making environment was going through a massive turn with the advent of various digital mediums and the taste of the masses. We chose to make Pranaam as it was something that the audiences have not seen in a long time. A story that not only connects with the masses but also carries a beautiful message for them.


Q.Tell us something about your upcoming movie Pranaam?

A: Pranaam is the story of an underprivileged father and his son, the struggles of a son to fulfil his father’s dream of becoming an IAS officer. When he fulfils this dream of his father, fate takes an ugly turn, turning an IAS officer into a Gangster. Pranaam is the story of love, ambition, sacrifice and revenge.


Q. Why did you choose Rajeev Khandelwal as your lead protagonist?

A: I as a Director choose actors based on their performance and the fact that I had heard that Rajeev is a Director’s actor. For Rajeev hence the decision was clear because he is an amazing actor and I saw this intensity in his eyes that convinced me that he is perfect for the role of Angry Young Man Ajay Singh for the film Pranaam. I also believe that Rajeev has great
potential to rise even further if he continues to play such characters and films that portray him as todays Angry Young Man.


Q. Why did you choose Lucknow to shoot your entire movie? Was it because of the subsidy that the UP government provides for making films in Uttar Pradesh?

A: I chose Lucknow to shoot the entire movie because the script demanded it, secondly…. the previous movie that I shot was also entirely set in Lucknow, I am from Lucknow Uttar
Pradesh, and it’s the love of the city that keeps bringing me back to it. If I create some jobs on the way for the people of Uttar Pradesh and get to showcase the beauty of it then I will be proud of myself as I am proud of my roots. The way the Uttar Pradesh state government is helping us with filmmaking here that, it is by far the easiest to make films here than any other part of the country even Mumbai for that matter. The bureaucratic environment here is conducive for filmmakers to thrive hence many people are choosing to shoot there today.


Q. What are your plans for the future?

A: We are working on a Web Series (Thriller genre) and a feature film love story both of which are slated to come out in mid-2020.


PM, President extend warm greetings on Raksha Bandhan.



Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and leaders across the political spectrum on Monday extended warm greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
Raksha Bandhan celebrates the special bond between brother and sister. On this day, sisters tie a talisman or amulet around the wrists of their brothers and receive a gift in return. Rakhi symbolises love, affection and mutual trust.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi acknowledged Raksha Bandhan greetings from spiritual and humanitarian leader Mata Amritanandamayi and said that blessing from her and India’s ‘Nari Shakti’ (women power) gives him strength.
“Respected Mata Amritanandamayi Ji, I am most humbled by your special Raksha Bandhan greetings. It is my honour and privilege to work for our great nation. Blessings from you, and from India’s Nari Shakti, give me great strength. They are also vital for India’s growth and progress,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
The tweet came in a reply to a video message, wherein Mata Amritanandamayi hoped that the prime minister gets more courage to deal with the challenges and take measures to protect the nation.
In another tweet, Prime Minister Modi thanked veteran singer and legend Lata Mangeshkar for her wishes on the special occasion. In a special video message, the singer rued that she could not send the Rakhi this year due to the current situation.
“You have worked so hard for the country; the citizens will not forget that. If possible, on this day of Rakhi, promise us that you will take this country to greater heights,” she said in the video, which also had a slide-show of her photos with PM Modi.
In response to the video, the Prime Minister said, “Lata Didi, your emotional message on this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan is full of inspiration and energy. With the blessings of crores of mothers and sisters, our country will touch new heights and achieve new successes. May you be healthy and live long, this is my prayer to God.”
President Ram Nath Kovind also extended wishes on the auspicious day and asked people to secure the honour and dignity of women.
“Greetings on Raksha Bandhan! Rakhi is the sacred thread of love and trust that connects sisters with brothers in a special bond. On this day, let us reiterate our commitment to secure the honour and dignity of women,” the President said.

Source: IANS

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