‘Banjo’ gives street musicians ‘the respect they deserve’

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Riteish Deshmukh as a street musician in Banjo.

Banjo can be the only fully fledged Bollywood film made about street musicians.

Director Ravi Jadhav had started work on the script of ‘Banjo’ even before he made Marathi films like Time Pass and Balak Palak. And it was during the making of the latter, which he produced and directed, that he discussed the subject of street musicians with Riteish Deshmukh.

Impressed with the idea, the actor convinced his filmmaker to make it in Hindi.

And when Ravi narrated it to producer Krishika Lulla, she felt the subject had a universal appeal to reach out to a wider audience.

Together, the director and the producer fine-tuned the script and set out to make the film with Riteish and Nargis Fakhri.

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Krishika says, “I don’t think a subject like ‘Banjo’ has ever been attempted in Bollywood before. It’s a story of hope and inspiration and needs to be told. Ravi’s vision as a filmmaker is creative and he is already a successful name in the Marathi film industry.”

On his part, Ravi adds, “The idea behind this film is to make the effort of getting these largely ignored street musicians some respect they deserve. And this will happen only when people get to know about them. I’m glad Krishika understood the importance of the subject and decided to produce the movie in Hindi, which has a universal appeal.” – CINEWS

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