Movie Based on Phanishwar Nath Renu's Story to be Released on Nov. 17

'Panchlait' actors and directors in Patna.

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Patna: More than five decades after critically-acclaimed filmmaker Basu Bhattacharya immortalized the story of noted author from Bihar Phanishwar Nath Renu by turning his short story 'Mare Gaye Gulfam' into a Bollywood blockbuster 'Teesri Kasam' starring legendary actors Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rahman, Director Prem Prakash Modi is tackling with yet another Renu story by bringing 'Panchlait' to the large screen that opens nationwide on November 17.

Starring Yashpal Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Jhankal, Brijendra Kala, Lalit Parimoo, Pranay Narayan, Iqbal Sultan, Malini Sengupta, Kalpana Jha, Amitosh Nagpal, and Anuradha, the film is made around a simple kerosene lamp and how it affects the social life of a rural family in the fictional 'Mahato Tola' in Bihar.

Talking to the media in Patna on Wednesday, Modi said that he always wanted to make a movie on the storied of Phanishwar Nath Renu.

"Growing up in Bengal, I was struck by the simplicity of Renu's stories and had always wanted to make a film on his short novel. Panchlait is quintessential Renu in his best form and I am sure people across the country will be able to relate to it," Modi said adding he has tried to be true to the original story to preserve its ethos and simplicity as depicted by Renu.

Panchlait has been mostly shot in a village named Dundwadi near Deoghar in Jharkhand state.

Renu's son Padamparai Venu said he has asked the state government to declare the film tax free just as the Government of India had done with Teesri Kasam over fifty years ago.

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