An ode to Hindi cinema, it touched hearts across countries. Director Nitin Kakkar along with actors Sharib Hashmi and Inaamul Haq relive the FILMISTAAN experience with PRATISHTHA MALHOTRA.
The praise continues to pour in for FILMISTAAN, even as the film acquires tax free status in Maharashtra. And naturally there is curiosity to know how exactly this little gem came about… The germ of the idea, as director Nitin Kakkar recounts, lies in his own personal experience… “The inspiration for this subject came to me from an incident that happened many years ago. During an overseas visit when some friends and I were lost in a city abroad, wondering where to go and what to do, it was a stranger from Pakistan who spotted us and went out of his way to help. This noble person sorted everything out for us and in return did not take a single penny as he considered Indians to be his siblings…”
This touching chance encounter was the seed stuck at the back of his head which flowered into FILMISTAAN, even though Kakkar was consciously keen to make a film around the renowned Urdu writer Saadat Hassan Manto. “It was on Indo-Pak relations set in 1947. Unfortunately due to its canvas, we were unable to raise sufficient finances. FILMISTAAN back then was a thin idea which I had narrated to a friend who later shared it with Satellite Pictures. This studio was looking for scripts and though I was still keen on making Manto, the production house asked me to work on this other script. Once they agreed to produce it, the ball was set rolling.”