The story behind director Ashwiny Iyer locking the subject of her upcoming film BAREILLY KI BARFI is quite interesting.
When Ashwiny was returning to Mumbai from the final schedule of her directorial debut, NIL BATTEY SANNATA, she was whiling away time at a bookstore at Delhi's international airport. She picked up an English translation of a French book, titled ‘Ingredients of Love out of alacrity’.
Ashwiny was totally captivated by the story of that book; she completed the book in a couple of days and also ensured that her husband, writer-filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari reads it.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari shares, “I was tired, but I couldn't put the book down. I even made Nitesh read it and he agreed that the basic story could become the theme for a film.”
She further added, “I was so excited, I even told my producers, Abhay Chopra and Juno Chopra (late filmmaker BR Chopra's grandsons) about the story immediately. They put in a lot of effort to contact the publishers in France and procure the rights to the book."
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao, BAREILLY KI BARFI will have Ashwiny team up with her writer-director husband Nitesh Tiwari for the second time post NIL BATTEY SANNATA.
Nitesh, who has directed the blockbuster hit film DANGAL has adapted the book into the script and has changed the setting of the story from France to Uttar Pradesh.The film has been co-written by Shreyas Jain along with Nitesh Tiwari.
“It's difficult to adapt any book into a film. The French settings are alien to us, so we've only retained the basic theme and infused our own colours, quirks and characters into the story. The parents, friends and lovers, their professions and their basic habits have all been adapted to our culture. I got time to work on the script because Ashwiny was caught up with the post-production of her first film. I just hope that the audience likes my first tryst with breezy cinema." says Nitesh.
When asked if both of them were under pressure to deliver, as both their previous films were praised, Ashwiny admits, “I'd be lying if I said no. I don't want people to say, `Yeh kyun kiya!' Though Nitesh is a harsh critic and has not been too critical in his views so far, I'm still anxious about what the audience would think. I hope I have done justice to his writing. The team was excited at the very thought that Nitesh was writing it."
BAREILLY KI BARFI is scheduled to release on August 18 this year.