Films, Music & Culture

Banjo goes dry to save water!

The makers of Banjo, starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri, decided to re-work a Ganapati song sequence that required several litres of water, keeping in mind the severe drought crisis facing several villages across Maharashtra.

The makers of Banjo, starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri, decided to re-work a Ganapati song sequence that required several litres of water, keeping in mind the severe drought crisis facing several villages across Maharashtra like Latur, Jalgaon, Nanded and Aurangabad.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh was a strong advocate of the opinion that there are other ways to engage the viewer and along with the crew decided to rework the said song sequence and avoid wasting water. Riteish says, “I hail from Latur and am fully aware of the drought situation currently prevailing across many regions in and around my hometown.  In such a scenario, it didn’t feel right for us to use excess water for filming a particular scene; it was a unanimous decision between the producer, director and me to rework the scene.”

Many from the Bollywood fraternity have voiced their concerns and come forward to help the families facing the situation. Over 90 lakh farmers have been affected by the shortage of water and several have died due to severe dehydration.

“The sequence originally had Riteish dancing with his band in a rain sequence during the Ganpati song and this would have resulted in wasting a lot of water. Being responsible citizens, and understanding the seriousness of the water crisis in the state, we opted for “dhol”, “gulal” and dance instead, to create a festive revelry without compromising the look or feel,” informs the Banjo producer, Krishika Lulla.

Banjo, produced by Eros International and directed by Ravi Jadhav features Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri as leads. The music has been composed by Vishal-Shekhar and lyrics have been penned down by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

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