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Today’s film-makers are fearless: Ashwini Iyer Tiwari

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Film director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, whose debut film "Nil Battey Sannata" is getting a lot of critical acclaim, feels that realistic film-makers are finally getting a chance as audience is now responding well to such stories

“Nil Battey Sannata", starring Swara Bhaskar and Ratna Pathak Shah, has hit the right chord with the viewers with its inspiring story of a maid taking up education to encourage her daughter to study. Ashwini has received praise for the unconventional portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship but the director says she drew this aspect from day-to-day conversations between parents and their children.

"The portrayal of parent-child relationship is changing in films now. It is no more how we are supposed to show and that is because young writers and film-makers are fearless. They are coming up with the stories which they feel are needed to be told without worrying about what could be the dynamics of it," Ashwini says.

The director finds the current time best for Indian cinema, with audience for simple, realistic stories getting bigger. "Audiences are changing, they know what stories and good films are. They will not accept if you show them something, which happened ten years ago. They are accepting such movies because that is what happens in their families. They never differentiated between commercial and parallel cinema. We did it. Now that we are blurring the difference, they are going for all kind of movies. That's why films like 'Masaan', 'Piku' have got so much love or the way people are waiting for 'Udta Punjab'. The kind of reception its trailer has got, this wouldn't have been possible a few years ago."

Ashwini is hopeful that her story will make many men and women in the country follow their dreams regardless of their age.

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