“Panchlait” is an upcoming Bollywood film based on Phanishwar Nath Renu’s story.The film is directed by Prem Modi and is just around the release. While we still await it’s release, director Prem Modi has revealed few important things about the film.
He says, “After a long time, the censor board has passed a film with a complete “U” certificate. A film that everyone, including, the grandparents, parents, children, and everyone can sit and watch together. This film will show the roots, cultures and reflect upon the values of our Country. It showcases the strengths of our Indian literature and proves how strong it is!
The film is set in 1954 a rural backdrop and tells the story of a village that has no electricity. the village consists of eight communities. Where other communities have their own Petromax light, the Mahtos don’t, and finally, they purchase one panchlait with much effort. “Why are we running behind Shakespeare and foreign stories? When our own Nation has abundant stories revolving around literature and if we take them into consideration then we will be able to make such powerful cinema” said the director.
Godhan played by Amitosh Nagpal is the lead character in the film and does everything in the Raj Kapoor style. He dressed up like him, wears a similar cap and even keeps singing his songs.The storyline is hinged on multiple and layered social interactions and an ethereal romance brewing between the lead characters. The people in this small village live in darkness, engrossed in their own little sorrows and joys.
Panchlait, also known as Petromax, plays an integral part in the lives of the villagers and possessing one is a mark of honor. This film also features Amitosh Nagpal, Anuradha Mukherjee, Yashpal Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Brijendra Kala, Lalit Parimoo, Pranay Narayan, Iqbal Sultan, Malini Sen Gupta, Kalpana Jha and others in important roles.
“Panchlait” directed by Prem Modi is produced jointly by Anil Somani, Pramod Goyal, and Anup Todi under the banner of Funtime Entertainment and is slated to hit the silver screens on November 17, 2017.