'Include Bhojpuri in 8th Schedule of Constitution'

Published: Monday, December 18, 2006, 7:02 [IST]
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Mumbai, Dec 18: The demand for inclusion of Bhojpuri in the eighth schedule of the Constituion, granting it the status of a regional language, is gaining ground.

According to Bhojpuri film director Ajay Sinha, the language was spoken by nearly 20 crore people in India and the failure of its inclusion in the constitution was a grave injustice to the Bhojpuri speaking community.

Sinha, who made his debut as director with Manoj Tiwari starrier 'Sasura Bada Paisewala' few years ago, heralding a new era in the dormant Bhojpuri film industry, said if the language was included in the eighth schedule, there would a variety of Bhojpuri films being made every year and they could make entry into film festivals and awards functions.

He said several Bhojpuri filmmakers and top actors would convey their demand to the political leadership. ''We are confident that our demand would materialise,'' he said.

Sinha, whose second film 'Kasam Dharti Maiya Ki' is releasing on January 14, admitted that there had been an overdose in production of Bhojpuri films in the last one year.

''Only those films which symbolise Bhojpuri culture and touch the sentiments of Bhojpuri speaking audience will sustain,'' he added.

The director described his second film as a complete family entertainer. The film stars among others Dineshlal Yadav, who plays Veeru in Ekta Kapoor's remake of Sholay in Bhojpuri and Dayashankar Pandey who played the character of Goli in 'Lagaan' and Melaram in 'Swades'.


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