Published On: Mon, Jun 13th, 2016

100 crore at the box office is proving to be poisonous



Seeking to cross the overvalued amount of INR100 crore at the box office is confirming to be toxic for the Indian film industry, told veteran Naseeruddin Shah. He thinks creating content-based films, economically, will be a step in the accurate direction.

He stating in an interview that “This Rs100-crore club has poisoned our film-making sensibility. It is as if we are finally admitting the real reason why we make movies,”

The artist further continued that these days, numerous movie-makers give way to the lure of bigger budgets rather effortlessly.

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He continued by saying that “When a small film succeeds, in the next film they want Amitabh Bachchan. It’s a dismal scenario. There are a lot of films that stimulate your thinking, but at the same time, I would say that their numbers are much less as compared to those of the 1970s.”

The star cast in two movies that released in recent times: The Blueberry Hunt and Waiting. The second was based on the narrative of a unique bond amid two people from diverse fields of life, who take care of each other in a hospital whereas nursing their relevant comatose spouses.

Regardless of its influential plot, Shah was of the view that the venture can not do sound commercially. The Sparsh actor stated that “You cannot expect a guy who plies a rickshaw or works on the road all day to go and see films such asWaiting. He will not. He will go and see a Bajrangi Bhaijaan or a Happy New Year because he needs that,”

He further added that “Such films will always have a niche activity. If these movies start aspiring to enter the Rs100-crore club then their quality will suffer,”

Shah as well revealed that a lot of “rubbish movies” creating it to the front position has elevated exponentially, which is why he has lofty expectations riding on the regional cinema. He added “It is important that regional cinema develops. It is certainly happening in Marathi cinema. In Kannada, the alternative cinema has always been there and also in Malayalam. The signs are good, but trouble is that everybody is eying that Rs100-crore mark.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.