Realistic films working, but escapist cinema isn’t dead:Farhan
Mumbai, Sep 10 PTI : A crowd of movies in small towns and tackling real problems can mark box office wholesale, but the actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says that the escapist movie is still not dead.
This year, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh both saw their ambitious projects “Tubelight” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal”, respectively, getting a bad response from the public, while movies with a more real-life setting like “Bareilly Ki Barfi” , “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” and “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, became a hit at the box office.
In an interview with PTI, Farhan said: “It was a very different kind of year (for Bollywood). Movies that have performed well and even enjoyed seem to talk about our problems, less fantasies and more in reality.
“I think it’s great that these films worked, but I do not think it’s the death of the Escapist cinema at all.”
The actor says the gap suggests that the public wants “time and money to be respected”.
“I think these are phases that happen, and even if you have a good story to tell, even if you have a good story to tell, it’s all right. there is a hunger to go to the theater, but also to be engaged in a way that is not frivolous.
“People want some respect when they watch a movie, it should do them the honor.”
Farhan’s next, “Lucknow Central”, is placed in the context of a prison and presents him as a prisoner who forms a band of music with other prisoners.
The 43-year-old actor said he played raw characters and movies like “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “Wazir”, but the audience and filmmakers identify more with his “urban roles”.
“Everything I do is measured under the shadow of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Even ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Rock On’, very urban movies.
“I’ve always been seen through this lens, and movies like ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ or even ‘Wazir’ have made me play non-urban characters, so I played characters from small towns, but I think that the urban people were more aware. “
Directed by debtor Ranjit Tiwari, “Lucknow Central” is inspired by the true story of convicts sentenced to life imprisonment in Lucknow Central Prison, who start a music group.
“When I heard the story, I was amazed at it, the fact that these guys came out and executed, have a proper reservation desk now, they blew me up, they leave prison, come out and realize and It’s amazing. “
Farhan says he watched a documentary made on detainees to understand their lives and also watched them play live.
“Lucknow Central” will be released on September 15th.