‘I have two unique, flawed art­works to look back on’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - CITY ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Harsh­vard­han Kapoor isn’t fazed by back-to-back fail­ures at the box of­fice, and says that he is happy with the fact that he walked the path less trav­elled.

“My am­bi­tion has al­ways been to do films I would per­son­ally like to watch... Mirzya (2016) at­tempted to do some­thing new with the Indian ro­man­tic mu­si­cal [genre], while Bhavesh Joshi Su­per­hero, to a cer­tain ex­tent, man­aged to be an im­por­tant [film] in the Indian su­per­hero genre,” says Harsh­vard­han.

The ac­tor says that had th­ese films sold more tick­ets, it would have been bet­ter for ev­ery­one, “but I can sleep well know­ing that I fol­lowed through with my con­vic­tion and took the chance and did the stuff that I be­lieved in... and have two unique works of art, be it flawed, to look back on”.

Harsh­vard­han, who is the son of ac­tor-pro­ducer Anil Kapoor, feels that it is im­por­tant to widen your fan base and have more peo­ple watch your work. “My films were not very com­mer­cial in na­ture per se. They didn’t reach out to a wider au­di­ence. And I want to reach those peo­ple, but in my own way [by] do­ing the stuff that I want to do... and in time, that will hap­pen,” he says.

His con­fi­dence about his choices has al­ready started to get the thumbs up on an on­line stream­ing plat­form, where Bhavesh Joshi Su­per­hero is get­ting a great re­sponse.

“It has been over­whelm­ing. I knew when the film didn’t reach out the­atri­cally that dig­i­tal could po­ten­tially work well, be­cause, even when it came out, the few peo­ple who saw it had some re­ally pos­i­tive things to say,” he says, and adds, “But I didn’t ex­pect this kind of buzz and pos­i­tiv­ity. I kind of feel that the film re­leased on Au­gust 16 when it dropped on [the] dig­i­tal [plat­form] and not on June 1 [when it re­leased in cin­e­mas].”

Break­ing down the rea­son be­hind the fail­ure of Bhavesh Joshi Su­per­hero in the­atres, Harsh­vard­han says, “I think it is def­i­nitely a film that was vis­ually con­cep­tu­alised for the big screen. Hav­ing said that, I feel we did leave re­ally good parts of the film on the edit­ing ta­ble due to pace and length is­sues. Maybe a six 30-min­u­teep­isode out­lay would’ve been nice. Also it would have been amaz­ingly re­ceived straight away and be­come what we wanted it to — and could have had se­quels. I think the­atri­cally we failed with the mar­ket­ing as­pect.”

But he has no re­grets. “I’m happy know­ing that we at least tried to reach out the­atri­cally. My whole trip as an ac­tor is to try to give our au­di­ences new, in­no­va­tive ma­te­rial so I can sleep well at night know­ing we tried.”

Harsh­vard­han will next be seen in the biopic of Olympic Gold medal­list Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra. “It will start shortly. We are still work­ing on the Hindi di­a­logue draft and the script,” he says.

This film, Harsh­vard­han says, de­pend on a lot of fac­tors for proper prepa­ra­tion. “[The prep will in­clude] lots of shoot­ing prac­tice, lot of time spent with Ab­hi­nav, many script-readings, look-test, char­ac­ter-build­ing work­shops, and read­ing ses­sions with co-ac­tors,” says the ac­tor.

Harsh­vard­han Kapoor says that he ‘didn’t ex­pect the buzz and pos­i­tiv­ity’ hisfilm Bhavesh Joshi Su­per­hero is get­ting at an on­line stream­ing plat­form

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