Newstream films reflect realism and life-like situations

NEW DELHI: Realism is an integral aspect of all the films shown and discussed in the NewStream sessions at the 11 Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival, and this is clearly the reason for placing them in a new section which is part of the mainstream and yet different.

The characterization of Abhay Deol in Dev D and Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye or Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal reflected this realism.

Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye director Dibakar Banerjee said in the last NewStream Section of the Festival that he drew inspiration from a real life character – Bunty Chor of Delhi - while reading a newspaper article on his robberies. Also, the inspiration came from his “wannabe” attitude during his adolescence and things happening around him. He wanted to make a film on a “wannabe” and a film that did not follow a fixed set up.

Casting Abhay Deol was also a very cautious decision as he wanted an actor with an enigmatic charm and attitude in him, something that the ‘Bunty Chor‘ had in him.

There was no set specially created for the film but the film was shot at over ninety locations within the city of Delhi. Even the narration of ‘Bunty Chor‘ by the police was used in the dialogues in the film.

The NewStream was a new introduction in the Festival, where films made in the mainstream genre but still standing out for their realism were screened. Besides Dibakar Banerjee, Manu, Monika and Vandana (production designers) also spoke on the occasion.

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