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Director Nitin Nandan's film Jhing Chik Jhing brings you Bharat Jadhav in a serious role for the first time

We all remember the path-breaking TV-series Surabhi on Doordarshan. Images of Siddharth Kak and Renuka Shahane anchoring this cultural show which ran on the national television for more than a decade, are still fresh in the minds of all those who loved Surabhi. Not many know however that entertaining us with something new in its every episode, was its director Nitin Nandan.

Mumbai-based Nandan's marathi film Jhing Chik Jhing will be screened as a part of PIFF at Citypride on January 13, at 6 pm. Speaking on the story of the film he says, "The story revolves around a debt-ridden farmer, the protagonist and his son. It deals with their fight to cope with the crisis."

 While actor Bharat Jadhav plays the protagonist, Dilip Prabhavalkar plays the character of an organic farmer, who educates all the farmers on natural ways of farming. Interestingly the film sees Jadhav in a serious role for the first time. "When I narrated the story to Jadhav, he was thrilled. It was really impressive how he worked on the mannerisms of his character and did full justice to his role," says Nandan.

Though Nandan wrote the story of the film in 2007, it took him a very long time to start the project. "Everyone who heard the the story would get touched by it and appreciate it. But unfortunately, things didn't move further. I had almost made up my mind to start the project and make a low-budget film," he says. That's when Shishir Kulkarni, the producer of the film, called Nandan for story narration and the rest is history.

Having directed TV-serials like Surabhi and Bhoomi and short films like I am still standing and Say it isn't so..., Marathi film Jhing Chik Jhing is Nandan's first feature film as a director. Talking about his experiences as a director of TV serials, he says, "Films have a bigger canvas. They have the power to reach more people. Whereas, in TV, viewers have so many choices that they have no patience to follow any serial for a long time."

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