By Gaurav Anand
It’s a moment of great pride for Bihar as ‘MithilaMakhan’ wins ‘Best Maithili Film’ National award, making it the first film in the history of Bihar and Jharkhand to get a National award.
The film is produced by actress and entrepreneur Neetu Chandra’s production ‘Champaran Talkies’ and directed by NitinNeera Chandra (Neetu’s brother). It stars Anurita Jha, Kranti Prakash Jha and Pankaj Jha.
The film has also been selected at International Film Festival of South Asia (IFFSA), 2016 held at Toronto, Canada and premiered at various film festivals across the country including ‘Bihar Ek Virasat Film Festival’ Patna, 2016 and ‘National Film Festival’ New Delhi 2016. And it is set to be premiered at Jagaran Film Festival, New Delhi which is to be held at Sirifort Auditorium on 5th July.
The film has been extensively shot in USA, Canada, India and Nepal, though most of the shooting has been done in Bihar. The movie takes Maithili language cinema on to a new horizon considering the film’s budget, script, cast and cinematography.
The director hails from Champaran, Bihar and is a proud Bihari. He has always been keen on making films revolving around Bihar. His debut film was ‘Deswa’ in Bhojpuri, second being the remake of the same ‘Once Upon a Time in Bihar’ and ‘Mithila Makhan’ being the third. He has also made a short film ‘The Outsider’on how Biharis are being treated outside. His documentary “Bring Back Bihar: Moment of Awakening” was screened at various forums in India and abroad.
Nitin says, “Thanks to the National Award panel for selecting our film. This is a collective achievement for our language and identity. We are just warming up to bring more laurels to cinema and Bihar”
The director firmly believes that regional language cinema will be a force to reckon with in the days to come. He said, “This will be because English will take over Hindi but regional languages will survive especially in the South, Punjab, Bengal, and Maharashtra.” He emphatically asserted that “no film in any language is regional, but there is regional language cinema. And if cinema was regional, then Satyajit Ray’s films would not be taught at the New York University.” His sister Neetu is in agreement with him on this subject. “Films are never regional, languages are. We have made global films in regional languages,” she proudly said.