Filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari is currently "tied up giving the finishing touches to" his upcoming film Chhichhore and also doing the rounds of promotions for it. After giving the gigantic hit Dangal, Tiwari seems quite confident of his next, which is primarily a hostel drama. The movie releases next week, however, the director has no jittery feelings going on. "I would be jittery if there was lack of confidence," Tiwari says as he gets into a conversation with BollywoodLife. "The past experiences do boost your confidence and I believe in gut feelings," he adds.
Tiwari, a pass out of IIT Bombay himself, always wanted to make a movie based on his experience in a dorm. "The idea was lingering in my head (but) I wanted a meaty reason to tell this story (of Chhichhore). Once my writers found the reason, we went ahead with it." From what we can see in the trailer, the movie is about seven friends and their journey from dormitory to the real world. Tiwari has taken cues, inspirations and direct anecdotes from his comrades back in days. "Most of them were in my hostel. Some of the names are real and characters are inspired and real," he reveals.
Divulging further about the inspirations Tiwari quips, "Sexa (played by Varun Sharma) was a year senior to me, Derick (Tahir Raj Bhasin ) was super senior, Acid (Navin Polishetty) was senior, Bevda (Saharsh Shukla) was my batch mate and Mummy (Tushar Pandey) was my junior." However, the Nitesh Tiwari has kept his college self away from the silver screen. "I was the observer. My personality was not that exciting to be watched on the silver screen. I brought off the most amazing characters from my hostel," he justifies.
Although a college drama, Tiwari believes Chhichhore is something different and unlike what we have seen before. Many might draw parallels with already released movies like Student of The Year, Classmates, Hum Chaar, but the director justifies, that Chhichhore is based on one's college life. (so) It cannot be similar. "This is the college life that I have experienced so I don't think so anyone can recreate that. One needs to see the full picture to comment on it."
The movie has several names playing prominent roles. Ask him who among the cast is the most Chhichhora, Tiwari answers, "If you ask the actors, they will name me. But if you ask me, I'll name Varun, because that's the kind of vibe he carries. That' his personality."
He goes on to add that Sushant Singh Rajput "is a closet chhichhora". "He also comes from an engineering background. He has a lot of stories of chhichhorapanti," he adds.
A quick glance at Tiwari's repertoire and one will realise that the filmmaker has never really stuck to a genre. While his first movie was a slice of life film, he tried his hands on a satirical drama along with inspiring non-fictional stories. "The reason why I didn't stick to my regular job after doing engineering was the reason I didn't want to do the same stuff for the rest of my life. The reason why I chose to become a writer and director is that I get to do different things every time. It's the same with the films that I make. I don't find making the same kind of films challenging. I need to find something exciting to give it my heart and soul. If you ask me, I would like to do a horror film next. I have never done it. I would love to do an out and out comedy. So, I don't choose a genre, I choose a story," Tiwari shares his point of view.
Once Chhichhore releases Tiwari will helm, what is touted to be one of the most enormous Hindi films of recent times, the big-screen version of Ramayana. "The sheer thought of telling the most important tale of our country on a platform that it has never been told before excited me," Tiwari answers why he chose such a huge responsibility as his next. "I want to leave something for my children. I want them to witness and understand Ramayan in its most glorious form. And that makes it more motivating for me."
The movie is currently at the paper and pen stage. And if you wonder that Tiwari already might have a wishlist of actors to be a part of such a prominent story, then you'll be disappointed, because the director has no one in mind. "I start thinking about the actor once I'm very clear on how I want to tell the story on paper." The director always thinks of his scripting first and then the thought of casting comes to his mind. "Unless you end up writing for the stars and that is something I don't do," he says, "That will be incorrect to think of an actor before the story."
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