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Newspaper reports inspired the making of SIKANDAR

March 30, 2009 1:15:30 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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It was regular browsing through newspapers that caught attention of director Piyush Jha (SIKANDAR) towards a topical issue. No, it wasn't terrorism but instances of children who happened to get hold of a weapon and went on a killing spree without any aim, rhyme or reason.

''I have been reading so much about underage children having weapons with them'', states Piyush who decided to move to thriller genre after directing two comedies CHALO AMERICA and KING OF BOLLYWOOD, ''Time and again, we come across newspaper reports with students from some American or European countries killing other children in schools. Now we have started seeing something similar in Indian as well.''

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Pausing before arriving on a reason behind such mayhem, Piyush says, ''I think it is because of global pressure that children are facing and the economic condition. Now look at Kashmir. How is it any different for children out there who have perhaps never seen any peace in their lifetime? I wanted to look at the aspiration of a young Kashmiri boy who is not really different from teenagers of rest of the country. I wanted to see what does it take for him to loose his way, at least momentarily.''

Soon Piyush began his research and was convinced that SIKANDAR was a story waiting to be told. ''Once I got along with my research and travel. I started thinking that how could aspirations of teenagers get diverted by simple acts that could lead to an end of innocence. That was inspiring enough for me to give a final shape to my SIKANDAR.''

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