NITESH’S NEXT IS IN­SPIRED BY HIS COL­LEGE BUD­DIES

Nitesh Ti­wari talks about his up­com­ing movie, and his style of sto­ry­telling

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Di­rec­tor Nitesh Ti­wari is busy with the shoot of his next di­rec­to­rial, Ch­hich­hore, which he started film­ing in Septem­ber. And much like his pre­vi­ous film, Dan­gal (2016), Ch­hich­hore too will fea­ture the cen­tral char­ac­ters’ life in dif­fer­ent stages — from col­lege-go­ing days to cross­ing mid­dle-age.

In Dan­gal, Nitesh had cap­tured Ma­havir Singh Phogat’s (played by Aamir Khan) life span­ning from his 20s till 60s. Even his chil­dren, Geeta and Babita (por­trayed by Fa­tima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Mal­ho­tra) were shown in dif­fer­ent time leaps.

Quiz the di­rec­tor if there’s a rea­son why char­ac­ters in his sto­ries al­ways age, Nitesh shares, “For me, it’s al­ways the story that dic­tates the jour­ney of the char­ac­ters. Since Dan­gal’s story was weaved through dif­fer­ent life stages of Ma­havir Singhji, it was but nat­u­ral for Aamir sir to por­tray the same. It’s the same with Ch­hich­hore as well. The story needs all the char­ac­ters to por­tray two dif­fer­ent ages.”

Do­ing ex­ten­sive re­search for his films is crit­i­cal for Nitesh. Ac­cord­ing to a source close to the di­rec­tor, the cast­ing for this project was a big chal­lenge, as all the char­ac­ters are re­quired to look con­vinc­ing be­fore and af­ter the time leap.

The char­ac­ters are based on real-life friends from his col­lege days, which in­spired him to give nick­names to each one of them. The film stars Sushant Singh Ra­jput and Shrad­dha Kapoor in lead roles. Nitesh shares, “Al­though the sto­ry­line of Ch­hich­hore is fic­tional, the char­ac­ters and a lot of in­ci­dents are in­spired by my col­lege life that I have lived and ob­served.”

PHOTO: IANS

A still from Ch­hich­hore

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