| Anil Yadav. Telegraph picture
Patna, April 12: The recent developments in Bihar have pumped a fresh lease of life into the Bhojpuri film industry.
Patna has emerged as the new destination for the launch of several Bhojpuri films and music albums.
Anil Yadav, the Gabbar Singh of the Bhojpuri film industry, is in town for the music release of Rangbaz at a city hotel on Wednesday. Rangbaz has Haider Kazmi, Rani Chatterjee and Anil Yadav in lead roles. The songs, especially Lach lach lachke tohari kamariya, have become very popular with the audience.
Anil Yadav, known for his powerful dialogue delivery, has been a part of the film and television industry for the past 20 years. Apart from playing roles in Sanjay Khan-directed tele-serials Jai Hanuman (Raavan) and Tipu Sultan (Tahir Khan), Anil has also acted in films like Akayla (1991), Mohra (1994), Ghatak (1996), Jungle (2000), Deewar: Lets bring our heroes home (2004), Apaharan (2005), Sur (2002), Valley of Flowers (2006) among others. The actor started his film career with the Subhash Ghai-directed Saudagar (1991).
He became popular as Gabbar Singh after he played the character by the same name in the Bhojpuri film Munna Bajrangi.
Anil has also worked in various regional movies, including Telugu and Maly-alam, and has been a theatre artiste for several years.
However, in the past five years, Anil has shifted his focus from the Hindi film industry and tele-serials to Bhojpuri films, as he believes that these have a long way to go.
I strongly believe that Bhojpuri films have a bright future. The viewers connect more with these movies as a number of people speak the language. People can feel the real essence of India and can connect to their roots through these films, Anil said.
Anil, who has done almost 15-20 Bhojpuri films in the past five years, said: Maybe because of my looks and voice modulation, I mostly play negative roles.
On the future of Bhojpuri films, Anil said: Now, Hindi movies are made keeping in mind the overseas audience too. Because of this, the local people, at times, fail to connect to the films. Most of the films are shot abroad and are released there first whereas regional films are made for the local people.
He added: Seventy per cent of Bhojpuri films are shot in Bihar and UP. When a film city is ready in Rajgir, then all movies will be shot here and within 10 years Bihar will be better than Mumbai. At the rate Bihar is developing, I am sure soon it will develop as a major hub of the Bhojpuri film production.
However, explaining the reasons for Bhojpuri films being produced on lower budgets, Anil said: Producers invest less money as the returns are less. It is because the cinema halls, where Bhojpuri films are screened, are not developed or maintained and the films do not work. Big budget movies will be produced once multiplexes start screening Bhojpuri films. But the day when these films will be shown in multiplexes is not far.