Jagran film festival has been a prominent name in the history of good film display. It is perhaps the World’s Largest travelling film festival from India. The festival is a Jagran Prakashan Group initiative aimed at promoting the appreciation of the cinematic art beyond the major metropolitan cities of India to smaller towns.
” When I was a school kid, the first thing I did every morning was to get the newspaper from the door. The family’s first routine was to read the newspaper and the newspaper was Dainik Jagran. Who knew one day my film will be covered by the same Publishing group. It is all effort and patience that my city has taught me. Biharis reach here because we are the hardworking people who know what is a struggle and how small steps matter.” says Prashant Johari, a 26-year-old director of the film ‘ODD COUPLE’ which has been screened at Jagran Film Festival at 1:30 pm, Audi 4, Cinepolis, Andheri on Thursday,26th September 2019.
Prashant Johari is one of the youngest directors from the state who hails from Patna. He completed his schooling in the same place. He graduated from NIFT, Kannur which was his selection among four university entrance exams he cracked. Prashant interest towards film-making and production came out when he joined theatre.
” Theatre made me realize what I wanted to pursue in my life. Theatre makes you a disciplined person and adds more to your idelogies. It boosts your skill rather than any education course can do”.
‘ Odd Couple’ is a 117 mins film by Nipram Creations, directed by Prashant Johari and produced by Praneet Verma. The whole production team includes editor Prakash Jha, music director & background score by Jay Rajesh Arya, D.o.p Srijit Basu, sound designer Sinoy Joseph and Abhishek Nair. The casts include Pranti Rai from Patna, Bihar, Divyenndu, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Pahwa, Saharsh Kumar Shukla and Sumit Gulati.
The movie revolves around two couples of age gaps of 15 years. Yogesh is a Berlin return 40-year-old renowned painter and Nivedita is a 39-year-old interpreter who lives alone in her flat no. 404. The other couple Piyush 25 year is a social entrepreneur and his girlfriend Navi is 24-year-old a free soul. they both are live-in relationship lives in the flat number 304 of the same building. One fine day they both couples decide to get married with their reasons and somehow their marriage gets exchanged at the marriage registrar office due to the name and address confusion.The couples get into a quarrel with the officials and they (Registrar) reject the plea to correct the names. Later on, on basis of a valuable suggestion, they decide to get remarried to original partners after taking divorce after a year. (Indian constitution under Hindu marriage act, grants Divorce after a minimum of one year of marriage).
The story of the movie has been written by Praneet Verma who also comes from Bihar later raised in Haryana.
“Praneet Verma has been a pillar behind the idea of starting the production house . It was him who supported me throughout. Along with Praneet, my other friends always encouraged me to go for film making. My family has been so optimistic throughout the journey. The time when I left a job and planned to move to Mumbai. My mother just asked me to choose what is good for me. My parents believed me and so that is helping me to reach out my goals”, added the director.
According to Prashant, cinema is never a source of employment, it is creativity, efforts and zeal that keeps you working. Passion and enthusiasm towards this dream can make you win. Coming from a small town to an expensive city like Mumbai, it is just the will power that makes your dream come true. If you want to do it, you have to do it- there is no other option.[divider]Also Read- Civil Engineer to YouTube’s Bade : Abhinav Anand tells his life story[/divider]
‘Odd couple‘ has also been selected for Ireland Film Festival, November 2019 and Diorama International Film Festival. PatnaBeats wishes Prashant for his future projects, keep making Bihar proud by excelling in the entertainment industry.
Quote of the day-"It always seems impossible until it’s done." - Nelson Mandela