A poster of Chauranga
Talented children of the state, with a knack for acting, can now hope to land lead roles in a feature film, whose script has already bagged awards.
The film — Chauranga (four colours) — will be shot entirely in Jharkhand and is being produced by Sanjay Suri and Onir, whose film ‘I Am’ won the national award for the best Hindi film in 2011.
Director Bikas Ranjan Mishra, who has also written the script and won several laurels for it is currently on a recce of locales in the state.
“The film is most likely to be shot at Kharsawan palace and we will be selecting three child actors to play the leads,” said Bikas, a Hazaribagh boy who studied mass communication at Jamshedpur’s Karim City College.
Auditions are likely in April in Jamshedpur and Ranchi and shooting for the film is expected to begin in June-July.
“We hope that the film will provide the right platform to three child actors looking to enter Bollywood. Child actors can send their profiles and show reels to firstname.lastname@example.org,” said Bikas, the son of Hazaribagh advocate Mahaveer Prasad Misra.
Chauranga is a project of national award winning producers Anticlock Films who have made films like I Am, Sorry Bhai and My Brother Nikhil. The script of the film was developed at National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Screenwriters’ Lab and Berlin Talent Campus’ Script Station.
Chauranga’s script won the Incredible India award at Film Bazaar, International Film Festival of India, Goa. The project has been awarded script and development grant from the Goteborg International Film Festival, Sweden.
“The story is of a 14-year-old lower caste boy wanting to express his feelings to a 16-year-old upper caste girl and the consequences thereafter would need new faces with acting potential. We would be planning the auditions soon after finalising the locales. I would be more comfortable in Jamshedpur or Hazaribagh,” said the director, whose short film Naach Ganesh premiered at the 16th Busan International Film Festival 2011 and has also been selected for screening at the 41st Rotterdam International Film Festival in The Netherlands.
The child actors will play roles of Santu, a 14-year-old boy, Bajrangi, a 15-year-old boy and Mona, a 16-year-old girl.