New Delhi: His co-directorial venture “Chillar Party”, focussing on a bunch of kids, won the National Film Award, and his second project “Bhoothnath Returns” also regaled movie-goers. Nitesh Tiwari finds the appreciation encouraging and says it can boost the confidence of filmmakers to back quality films.
Tiwari believes there’s a “dearth of children’s films” in India. He can, however, see a silver lining.
“There is a dearth of children’s films in our country, but the scenario is changing slowly. And that’s a welcome sign. Success of more kids’ films is encouraging more producers to put money behind such projects. But we still have a long way to go,” the director said from Mumbai.
Tiwari’s movies cannot exactly be compartmentalised into ‘children’s films’, but their storylines are backed by the presence of endearing child protagonists.
He directed “Chillar Party” along with Vikas Bahl, and the entertainer won the National Award for the best children’s film in 2011. Also, the nine kids in the film shared the best child artist award along with Partho Gupte, who played the lead in Amole Gupte’s “Stanley Ka Dabba”, another film based on the life of a school-going child.
Tiwari says awards are “not the sole motivators” for making these films.
“I don’t make films to win awards. If awards come my way, great! What’s more important is having a feeling that there are many people who are willing to put their money behind edgy stuff. And there is large enough audience which is willing to embrace such stuff and make it a success,” he said.
Before he stepped into the film world, he had directed ads for brands like Glucon D, Tide, Amul, CEAT, Kaun Banega Crorepati – Koi Bhi Sawal Chhota Nahi Hota and McDonald’s Happy Price Menu.
What is tougher to direct – a film or a TV ad?
“Both come with their own set of challenges,” Tiwari said, adding: “The biggest challenge while making an ad film is the pressure of telling a story within a very short duration. You need to shoot it with precision because every second matters.
“Apart from focussing on getting the performances right, you need to get them right within the planned duration. In a feature film, this pressure is not there and you can purely concentrate on getting the performance right.”