Ashwini Chaudhary, Director
I am looking forward to Indu Sarkar, whose promo looks interesting. It’s a pity that so little in mainstream Indian cinema draws from real, political events. The Emergency deserves a place in story telling on the big screen and Indu Sarkar might just deliver that in characteristic Bhandarkar signature style. I am hoping that it will not shy away from portraying the grit and grime of that space.
Padmavati, as in any other Bhansali extravaganza, will offer both glitz and spectacle in a period setting. It is exciting because Bhansali’s handling of larger-than-life is always awe-inspiring. If backed by a powerfully crafted storyline and fantastic music – which is a given with Bhansali – I am sure it will sway the box office yet again.
Gold seems to be on the right side of the box-office winning formula – history, sports and Akshay Kumar, all thrown together will have cutting-edge appeal across all age groups.
Bollywood had shied away from the real and biopics for far too long. This is redemption time. The masses have been looking for life-size connects and a sense of pride in their past. Biopics and period dramas have stepped in to fill that gap. It’s a welcome change and is here to stay.
Atul Kasbekar, Producer
I think the formula is that there are no formulas any more. Tell a great story that deserves to be told. And tell it honestly, tell it in a sensible budget and don’t listen to the infinite bits of advice you’ll get along the way.
Rajat Aroraa, Writer
The ‘70s was an intense and dramatic era for our country. The challenge is to present an older era with a fresh perspective and in a unique manner. Even Hollywood, for that matter, doesn’t shy away from returning to history and presenting it on the big screen. When I wrote Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! and other films based in the past, it was easy for me as I have grown up listening to or seeing all these stories.
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. The challenges are enormous when writing a film based in history. The idea is always to prove your case to the audience by making a film in which the audience believes. It’s not always something that can be connected to facts alone. In period films, you have to prove your case. Sometimes, you find you can’t include things that actually happened or things that people actually said because they’ll seem out of step with our perception. That’s a real challenge and it all comes down to the same thing – can I set the context for the audience to accept what I’m trying to give them?
Milap Zaveri, Writer
Commercially, films that are made with a theme form an earlier era tend to do well at the box office. In the last few years, the business of such films has grown immensely. In the coming times, I feel Akshay Kumar with his films Gold and PadMan, which go back in time, has emerged as a great actor with the right eye for telling stories like this. But, on the flip side, it can get tough to keep the entertainment quotient high and it is up to the makers to keep that in mind and make a film which isn’t dry when it comes to content. I would love to make a film which goes back in time.
Anees Bazmee, Director
If there had indeed been a winning formula, everyone would deliver an infinite number of super hit films. A good film is a good film, and a good film can be picked up from history, geography, physics, chemistry or elsewhere. I have just one thing to say – only A GOOD film will hit the bull’s eye.