Commenting on the lukewarm response to Laal Singh Chaddha, actor R Madhavan said on Wednesday that filmmakers need to realize they are talking to a “completely changed” audience that has been consuming world-class content during the coronavirus-induced lockdown. During the launch of the teaser for his next film Dhokha – D-Round Cornerthe actor was asked to comment on the disappointing performance of recent big-budget Hindi films, including Aamir Khan’s film Laal Singh Chaddha. The duo have previously shared screen space in Rank of Basanti and 3 idiots.
“If we knew (why Laal Singh Chaddha didn’t work), we would all make blockbuster movies. Nobody’s starting to think we’re making a bad movie. The intent and hard work behind it is just as intense as it is with every movie an actor is working on or not. So all the great movies that came out…the intention was to make a good movie and make it work,” Madhavan told reporters here.
The actor also spoke about the success of his directorial debut Rocket: The Nambi Effectwhich was shot simultaneously in English, Hindi, Tamil and dubbed in Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
“I think the only big difference with my movie is that I was lucky mine was a biopic, so it’s not independent of time. It would have worked anytime before or after. COVID-19-19,” he said.
A movie that didn’t work was nobody’s fault, Madhavan added. “But other movies that came after COVID-19, you’re playing in front of a completely changed audience, very educated, very exposed to world cinema. They’re going to judge you by that kind of standard. It’s nobody’s fault. I think it’s going to take us some time to roll up our sleeves and make a script that works in theaters very soon,” he added.
The 52-year-old actor also shared that he was asked to remake 3 idiots in Tamil, an offer he refused. “I don’t redo my films. I was asked to redo 3 idiots in Tamil, but I didn’t. It’s hard for me, as an actor, to do a scene for the first time and then recreate it. It’s impossible for me. There’s a simile in remakes and all the fun of making a movie goes away,” he noted.
According to Madhavan, audiences will flock to cinemas to watch a movie provided it is good, language without bar. “When it comes to southern films, Baahubali 1, Baahubali 2, RRR, Pushpa, KGF: Chapter 1 and KGF: Chapter 2 are the only South Indian films that have done better than Hindi film actor films. It’s only six films, you can’t call that a model. If good films come out, they will work.
“After COVID-19, people’s tastes and preferences have changed… So if we’re making the kind of movies that people are going to watch, with the kind of movies that are coming today, we’re going to have to become a bit more progressive,” he said.
“A lot of people were taking the direct OTT movie release route, including us because of COVID-19. Movies should be released theatrically because if a movie does well in a theater, only we can get more theaters .
“When we talk to exhibitors the way movies are not doing well and with some producers releasing movies on OTT the theaters won’t be able to last long or they will keep closing. So we need good content movies “, Kumar said.
Darshan Kumaar said he hopes Dhokha – D-Round Corner reproduces the success of its last release, The Kashmir Files.
“I get a lot of love and it’s every actor’s dream that they get the love and their movies succeed. I’m grateful for all the love. The box office matters.
“I got a lot of offers and started and almost finished working on a movie called Kaagaz 2, there are many offers. We hope that this film will also be loved as much as Rocketry, The Kashmir Files, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was,” he added.
At the event, Madhavan was also asked to comment on the naming of actor Jacqueline Fernandez as a defendant in an indictment filed by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED) in a money laundering case. multi-million money linked to alleged scammer Sukesh Chandrashekhar and others.
The actor said he hopes Fernandez gets out of trouble soon.
Directed by Kookie Gulati, Dhokha – D-Round Corner also stars Aparshakti Khurana and Khushalii Kumar. The T-Series production will hit theaters on September 23.
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