This is a first for the Bhojpuri film industry. After roping in A-listers from Bollywood, a Bhojpuri film will feature a Hollywood actor. Warwick Davis, known for playing the title characters in ‘Willow’ and the ‘Leprechaun’ film series, apart from the ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ films, will make an appearance in CHINGARI.
CHINGARI is a remake of the Hindi film ‘Insaaf’, which starred Dino Morea and Namrata Shirodkar, and was based on the famous Champa Biswas and Babloo Yadav case of Bihar. The story is about an IAS officer’s wife who is allegedly raped by a politician’s son.
According to Shrey Srivastava, who directed ‘Insaaf’ and is the creative producer of the Bhojpuri remake, “Stories like that of Champa Biswas still hold relevance in the region, since law and order is still an issue there. The original film had done good business in Bihar and Eastern UP, and that prompted me to remake it in Bhojpuri.” He adds, “In the film Warwick who plays a cameo, comes to investigate this case as journalist.”
But how did he rope in the actor? “I had met Warwick a couple of times and he had expressed his desire to work in India. When I told him about this role, he readily accepted it, even though I expressed my inability to pay his fee. The actor was scheduled to come to India at the end of this month to shoot for a travel show on TV and agreed to spare a few days for our film. The British actor will join us in the second leg of the shoot which would begin in a few days in Gujarat”, informs Srivastava.