Utpal Borpujari

September 24, 2008

Bhojpuri film with Marathi-speaking villains a big hit in Bihar

By Utpal Borpujari

A Bhojpuri film that shows Mithun Chakraborty’s character saving his brother from Marathi-speaking hooligans and mouthing the line “Ek Bihari Sau Par Bhari” (One Bihari is enough to tackle 100) has become a rage in Bihar, raking in a record-breaking Rs 30 lakh within the first week of its release.

The film, Bhole Shankar, is Mithun’s first outing in the Bhojpuri film industry and slated for a Diwali release across Maharashtra as well as North India, its director Pankaj Shukla told Sakaal Times. The film has also been released in Nepal.

In the film, Bhojpuri industry superstar Manoj Tiwari’s character is shown asking for directions after reaching Mumbai when some Marathi-speaking hooligans accost him saying “Ek Aur Bihari Aa Gaya” (One more Bihari has landed). It is then that the elder brother, played by Mithun, arrives in the scene and beats up the hooligans.

The success of the film has left its makers completely surprised, considering the fact that Bihar is reeling under the impact of the devastating Kosi river floods. Added to that, it was released during the Ramzan period when traditionally it is believed that films do not do good business.

Shukla, a former journalist who used to work with leading Hindi daily Amar Ujala and then with a Hindi news channel, says the idea for the scene came during the shooting which was taking place at a time when the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists were carrying out a campaign against north Indians in Maharashtra.

“It is very sad that a few people are giving a bad name to the whole of Maharashtra by carrying out such campaigns, going against the great traditions of Maharashtrians,” Shukla says.

The hooligans are shown speaking in Marathi, says Shukla, to establish the fact that Tiwari’s character has reached Mumbai. “It has got nothing to do with the overall story of the film, and was done just to establish the backdrop of the place,” says the director.

The film is slated for a Diwali release across Maharashtra in belts with large numbers of Bhojpuri-speaking people. “Apart from Mumbai, where at least 15 theatres regularly screens Bhojpuri films, the market for Bhojpuri cinema extends to places like Thane, Sangli and up to Nagpur,” says Shukla. 

Incidentally, the film could be released in Bihar after its makers paid a hefty sum to the Bihar Jharkhand Motion Picture Association, which had earlier banned release of all Mithun films because of a dispute.

 (An abridged version was carried in Sakaal Times, www.sakaaltimes.com, 24-09-08)

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1 Comment »

  1. This situation is not helping ony one.

    Comment by Manoj Tiwari — October 9, 2008 @ 8:54 pm | Reply


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