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With Jigariyaa coming to theatres, its director, Raj Purohit, lists his favourite classics

When producer Vinod Bachchan told director Raj Purohit a real-life story, he was compelled to write a script on it. According to the director, this romance drama is a simple love story set in Agra, in 1988. “Vinod is from Agra and he knew of this boy who fell in love with a girl from Mathura. What happens to him is very interesting,” begins the director, who points out that Agra plays an important role in the movie. “The boy is a halwai in Agra and he is also a shayar,” he explains. Calling Jigariyaa a period film, Purohit shares the names of three others that had a lasting impact on him:
1942: A Love Story: Set in 1942, this love story is incomparable. I was an assistant producer to Vidhu Vinodh Chopra, the director and producer of the film. I knew exactly how the story developed to how the characters were chosen. It is one of the best learning experiences for me and I understood what goes into a period film.Atonement: I liked this movie for its treatment. Though you are not at war, you can relate to the characters and understand their emotions. The director, Joe Wright, made the entire experience real and believable, making us relate to each character and scene.
Love Story: Set in 1970, this movie is based on Erich Segal’s novel of the same name. It is a tragic story of a girl who has cancer and dies. The structure of the film is fantastic. Even when I read the novel, I teared up while reading the girl’s part. I fell for her (Ali MacGraw) character. I also liked his Man Woman and Child, which was adapted into a movie.
Jigariyaa is scheduled to release on October 10.

Agra in focus
The director admits that Agra has often attracted filmmakers, and points out that Mere brother Ki Dulhan, Youngistan and Slumdog Millionaire did a great job of depicting the city.

— Mrinalini Sundar

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