Neetu Chandra has wrapped up her first film as a producer, DESWA. However, to fulfil this dream, it was one exhausting journey for her. While Nitin Chandra, an erstwhile assistant to Dibakar Banerjee, put together the entire project and roped in Neetu along with rest of the cast and crew member, the entire team had a gruesome time shooting the film.
"We shot the film at a temperature of 45 degrees and still never flinched,” says Neetu proudly, "The idea was to make a film that would be remembered. The success of making the film in the stipulated time was even sweeter due to the fact that we had very limited budget to out disposal. When the resources are less, you do learn a lot as a producer. With DESWA, I have grown as a producer. Also, being an actor myself, I have realised that how there is so much hype and importance given to people in front of the camera when there is so much more happening behind it."
Neetu also truly believes that by making a film like DESWA, she is making a humble first step in the direction of doing something which is connected to one's motherland.
"In the past there were a few film makers who tried to do that and we can see the results," Neetu goes down the memory lane here, "Look at films like MUGHAL-E-AZAM and SHOLAY. These were films that belonged to the heart land of India and this is the reason why these were such huge successes. In today's time, I guess the only directors who are not lured by the foreign land are Imtiaz Ali and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. I am not saying we are anywhere close to them but then we are at least making an attempt to do something that does create a high impact. Fingers crossed."
DESWA sees the launch of three newcomers - Deepak Singh, Kranti Prakash and Ajay Kumar - and is all set to release in Dec 2010-Jan 2011 time period.