I am shocked that despite a rich language and culture, Bhojpuri is not being able to expand itself the way it can in the movie industry. Despite all the hurdles, it has grown. It has come to become a powerful force and if you leave aside the South Indian movie industry, it is one of the fastest growing. As far as I know, after Hindi, it is the language spoken by maximum people. Despite that, if you leave a few first movies, there are hardly any that have become very popular.
I will honestly confess that I have seen only one Bhojpuri movie – Sadura bada paisewala. I didn’t get a chance to see anymore. But you can also say that I didn’t develop an urge to see another one. Buy my father Rajkumar Barjatya and I have had several talks about Bhojpuri cinema. We have several times contemplated making a family movie in Bhojpuri. But I didn’t have the courage to take the step because I am not correctly informed about the market here. I also get to here different things about the distribution of these movies. However, I believe that if a family movie is the language, the Bhojpuri audience will love it. “Nadia ke paar” was made beautifully but it wasn’t really apperiated throughout the country. Rajshri Productions have always felt bad about it. South India trashed it outright since they didn’t understand the dialogues at all. But it did well in the Hindi-speaking belt. But all in all, the movie was not done justice to, despite it being a lovely movie. The script was worked upon for 12 movies. In fact, the movie saw the light of the day only because we had people like Govind Munis with us. My father tells me for him the movie was a matter of life and death. But despite all this when the movie didn’t do well, Tarachand Barjatya, the top man of Rajshri decided to make the movie in Hindi. When the movie came as “Hum aapke hain kaun”, it broke all records. It is clear that the subject was great. And because there are more people speaking Hindi, the movie created history in every way possible.
But all makers of regional cinema will have to agree that their movies have limitations. That is one of the reasons Bhojpuri movies have such small budgets. There is no difference in the making – be it Hindi or Bhojpuri. The only thing that differs is the actors and the location. And because Bhojpuri movies have a tight budget that are limitations to creating a certain look. You will be surprised to know that the sequel to “Nadia ke paar” was planned several times, but it was only in the mind. When it came to practical aspects, one could sense problems and the project never took off. Actually all the Rajshri movies that have been made either have Madhya Pradesh or Rajasthan as the background. It is accepted all over – be it the areas of Bhojpur-Avadh, or Bundelkhand or Haryana. The biggest strength of regional movies is that people can see their own families and culture in it.
I am happy that people think “Nadia ke paar” was Bhojpuri, although it was an Avadhi movie. But it doesn’t matter – it has a direct relation with Hindi. Govind Munis believes that apart from changing “Ka” to “Kya” and “Kahe” to “Kyon”, there is not much difference at all. According to grammar and the mentality, it is Hindi.
Rajshri Productions hasn’t sworn off Bhojpuri. But we want to study the market first. People like Govind Munis want a script such as “Kohbar ki shart”. If such as thing happens, we will be happy to make a Bhojpuri movie. Yes, it is true that Rajshri Productions is a brand to reckon with and if it makes a Bhojpuri movie, the people will accept it. The audience will also be interested in the offering. It make become a breath of fresh air in the Bhojpuri film industry. I believe that one should watch Bhojpuri movies. It is a mistake to see one and not see the next. Although after watching “Sasura bada paisewala”, it was easy for me to make out that loud movies are made in Bhojpuri. Our film will be different. My father says that in “Nadia ke paar”, the dialogues were in Avadhi and difficult to understand, they were simplified later. If the dialogues are simplified in Bhojpuri, too, there is no reason the entire country will not embrace it. We believe that no matter what movie we make, we will make it according to the Rajshri philosophy. We have recently made a movie for the youth, “Isi life mein”. The film shows a conflict between modern and traditional but it has our trademark of good culture and tradition. You have to be careful who you want to make the movie with – the star or the subject. Rajshri has been successful because it makes movies on the subject. Whenever we make a Bhojpuri movie, it will concentrate more on the subject.