New Delhi: Moving away from the familiar comfort of metros, a handful of filmmakers are putting the realities and stories of small town India back on Bollywood's map.
While metros have provided the backdrop of many a hits, provincial reality has beckoned directors like Habib Faisal, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee to leave Delhi and Mumbai, the usual setting of their films, to explore different regions in "Ishaqzaade", "Gangs of Wasseypur" and "Shanghai".
Kashyap, whose last outing "That Girl In Yellow Boots" exposed the dark underbelly of Mumbai, decided to move the setting of his two-part revenge saga "Gangs of Wasseypur" in Dhanbad.
"That town is very interesting. People know each other in small town so even a gangster will address his victim saying, 'Chacha (uncle) don't tell anyone or I will shoot you.' That's how they talk. It was exciting to explore the place and the mindset of people in my film. Since I am telling the entire mafia story and their birth, the canvas is also bigger," Anurag said.
Faisal, who wrote and directed Delhi-based stories like "Band Baaza Baarat" and "Do Dooni Chaar", was charmed by the "spunk and vibrancy" of small towns and decided to bring that in his second film "Ishaqzaade".
"Small towns are a lot more vibrant and colourful. People there have a more interesting sense of humour and there is different rhythm to life. Big cities are same in many ways," says Faisal, who shot his film in Lucknow and its surrounding areas.
Faisal, however, believes this change has been happening in cinema for sometime and has become popular only recently. "It is not just me. We had never seen a film set in
Jamshedpur until 'Udaan' came and it was really interesting to see a superstar like Salman Khan play Chulbul Pandey in 'Dabangg'. It has been happening for sometime."


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