September 16, 2011 12:49:33 PM IST Abid, Glamsham Editorial
Deeksha Screen Entertainment and Laurel Entertainment's Friday release, RIVAAZ, directed by Ashok Nanda is a hard-hitting social film that deals with prostitution as a family business in some parts of India. The selfless director was so moved by an article that he read in a newspaper about certain communities forcing their own daughters into prostitution that he researched for over three years, shot their live videos and self financed RIVAAZ (Trapped in tradition), which releases today. His motive is selfless and he just wishes to bring an end to this practice.
When we asked the erudite and soft spoken Ashok Nanda as to why he did not allow the sensational lead actress, Meghna Naidu, to use any make up and in fact in parts she was made to look ugly, he said, "Actually the characters have to be realistic to go with the story. But we have handled the sensitive and hard-hitting film in an interesting way. The general impression is that art films are supposed to be dark and dull but that is not the case with RIVAAZ."
So are there any light moments in the film? To that Ashok says, "Obviously we could not have incorporated comic scenes in such a serious subject, but definitely there is humor. Additionally there is song and dance as well as item number which is an integral part of the story."
Well, with such a galaxy of stalwarts like veteran actress of substance, and a heart throb of many young men of yore, Deepti Naval, who has made a grand comeback via films like ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA and BHINDI BAAZAAR Inc., actress Reema Lagoo, Salman Khan's lovable screen mom in films like MAINE PYAAR KIYA, HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN etc, reputed character artist Alok Nath, veteran actor Sayaji Shinde and Vijay Raaz the film sure looks good to entertain as well as enlighten.