Will continue to be associated with social comedies: Raaj Shaandilyaa

Filmmaker Raaj Shaandilyaa, known for ”Dream Girl” and ”Jabariya Jodi”, says he enjoys narrating social comedies, and Nushrratt Bharuccha’s lead “Janhit Mein Jaari” is a valuable addition to his repertoire.

Directed by Jai Basantu Singh, “Janhit Mein Jaari” will see Shaandilyaa double down as a writer and producer.

“I enjoy narrating social comedy films and will continue to do so, whether as a writer, producer or director. I want to tell stories that contribute at least something to society. It may seem easy but there are challenges, one has to research the subject and present it in a way that attracts the audience,” the filmmaker told PTI in an interview.

Shaandilyaa, who started out as a writer on the TV show “Comedy Cirus,” wrote dialogue for movies like “Welcome Back” and “Jabariya Jodi” before making his directorial debut with “Dream Girl,” starring Ayushmann. Khurrana and Bharuccha.

He believes that cinema is an effective tool to raise awareness of social issues and his next film uses comedy as a device to shed light on the importance of birth control in the country.

“This (‘Janhit Mein Jaari’) is not just a project but a responsibility. We are trying to do what little we can to make people aware of the problem of population growth through a film. Cinema is a medium that influences people, but how much people follow it or what the impact has been cannot yet be determined,” she added.

According to the official synopsis, “Janhit Mein Jaari” revolves around Neeti de Bharuccha, a Madhya Pradesh woman, who takes on the job of selling condoms in her city. The film follows her journey as she faces challenges due to social taboo, as she fights against her family and her neighborhood.

Working on a small-town story has its own challenges, the Jhansi-born writer-director noted.

Shandilyaa said the locals weren’t welcoming enough of the team talking openly about a taboo subject.

“We shot the movie in Gwalior, Chanderi and some other places in Madhya Pradesh. When we were shooting in Chanderi and Nushrratt was yelling ‘condom,’ people were like, ‘What are you talking about? You can’t do all this here. “We had to explain why we were doing it and then they understood the idea behind it. Through the film we shed light on the taboo around condoms, the importance of birth control and how, due to the increase in population, there are problems such as employment, education, etc,” said Shandilyaa.

The filmmaker said plans are underway for the second installment of “Dream Girl” and a social comedy with Varun Dhawan. He will also produce “Kisaan” starring Sonu Sood and directed by E Niwas.

“We are excited to turn ‘Dream Girl’ into a franchise. The script for ‘Dream Girl’ (2) is in the works and will be announced soon. This is with Ekta Kapoor. Then we have ‘Kisaan’, which will be released in March next year and we have a script ready for a social comedy with Varun”, he said.

However, his film with Rajkummar Rao on male surrogacy is shelved.

“There are two or three movies being made on similar themes of male surrogacy, so we have scrapped the idea,” he added. “Janhit Mein Jaari” also features Anud Dhaka, Annu Kapoor and Paritosh Tripathi in pivotal roles.

Produced by Vinod Bhanushali under his Bhanushali Studios Limited banner and Think Ink Picturez in association with Shree Raghav Entertainment LLP, the film will open in theaters on June 10.

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