Bihari film director's valiant attempt to earn respectability for the Bhojpuri movies and extricate the regional cinema from the morass of vulgarity remains stuck with the distributors shunning his acclaimed movie, Deswa which was produced by his sister Bollywood starlet Neetu Chandra last year.
Nitin Chandra, who invested all the earnings of his family in a film starring newcomers in lead roles, has now gone public seeking donations from his friends and well-wishers from across the globe so that his meaningful film is seen by the audience, who are otherwise fed on uncouth movies replete with lewd songs and double-meaning dialogues.
'Deswa is stuck for release because of funds. I had borrowed money to make the film which went on to become the first-ever Bhojpuri film to go to several international film festivals,' Nitin said.
'I am trying to reach out to all the Indians abroad to contribute and guide me,' he said.
'Here is an opportunity for all of us to come forwards with our small contributions and secure the proper theatre release of the film.'
Nitin wants to collect Rs1.5 crore by way of donations. But he promises that the names of all the contributors will be shown in the end credit scroll.
'But if we make profit, I will return the contributions,' he added.
Deswa, which was released in his home state Bihar last year amid much fanfare, had failed to set the cash-box jingling.
The film depicted the lawlessness prevailing in the state during the previous regime and earned rave reviews for the director for his bold attempt to redefine the Bhojpuri cinema.
Even chief minister Nitish Kumar watched the film at a special screening in Patna. But the movie turned out to be a damp squib with the traditional Bhojpuri audience staying away from the clean and family film.
Neetu and Nitin subsequently failed to get the film released elsewhere in the country.
Recently, when Nitin saw the success of Bollywood filmmaker Onir's National Award-winning film, I Am which was also made through contributions of people, he thought of taking Deswa to the audience through a similar route.