Lack of resources and complications related to filming in Pakistan kept first-time Indian director Nitin Kakkar away from shooting his National Award winning saga `Filmistaan` which uses Bollywood to bind India and Pakistan.
The acting bug bit "Filmistaan" actor Sharib Hashmi when he was just a child. But he buried his acting dreams for things his heart was "clearly not into". He credits his wife as well as friend Nitin Kakkar for helping him to resurrect his dreams.
Nitin Kakkar’s National Award-winning film `Filmistaan` has no big names, but showed a major growth by earning over Rs.1 crore on the second day of its release, while action titan Akshay Kumar’s `Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty` maintained its opening day box office figure i.e over Rs.12 crore.
Hold this film tight. There is an utterly moving sequence towards the end of this lovely parable on cross-border amity where Sunny(Sharib Hashmi), who has strayed into Pakistan, confesses to Aftaab(Innamulhaq) that he is obsessed with Bollywood and wants to be a hero, though he knows he doesn`t have it in him.
After making a promising start with "Filmistaan", Nitin Kakkar is hopeful of materialising his plans of making a black and white movie on Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto`s stories and finding producers for his dream project.
After featuring in supporting roles, actor Sharib Hashmi found his big ticket as a lead character in "Filmistaan". He says he has now decided to stick to acting and wants to make it his bread and butter.
Debutant director Nitin Kakkar has received wide acclaim at international film festivals for `Filmistaan` that explores India-Pakistan relationships. Now megastar Amitabh Bachchan too has complimented him on his endeavours.
Nitin Kakkar initially set out to do a film on Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto`s stories but ended up making `Filmistaan` in which he explored Indo-Pak relations through the shared love that people from both sides of the border have for Bollywood.
Cinema must be beyond a "few reels of entertainment" as it is a good medium to channelise the positive changes in the country`s socio-cultural milieu, says filmmaker Nitin Kakkar, whose debut feature ‘Filmistaan’ was named the best film at the 60th National Film Awards.