‘It’s a great time to make small films’

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Now there are big stu­dios and pro­duc­ers who are will­ing to in­vest in small films. Th­ese films are get­ting at­ten­tion

Kalki Koech­lin, ac­tor

Ac­tor Kalki Koech­lin (above) thinks the fu­ture of small films is great in In­dia as big pro­duc­ers are ready to pump in money. “It is great. There is an au­di­ence for small and alternate cin­ema. To­day there are big stu­dios and pro­duc­ers who are will­ing to in­vest in small films,” she says, adding, “Things are chang­ing slowly. The time is great for small in­de­pen­dent films as th­ese films are get­ting at­ten­tion.”

The 31-year-old ac­tor has been part of small bud­get movies like Shai­tan (2011), That Girl In Yel­low Boots (2011) among oth­ers. She tasted com­mer­cial suc­cess with Zindagi Na Mi­legi Do­bara (2011) and Yeh Jawaani Hai Dee­wani (2013).

“I am happy, I don’t get as many com­mer­cial films as in­de­pen­dent, small films. But I am happy I get to do both com­mer­cial and in­de­pen­dent small films. Both the kind of films help me ex­plore my­self as an ac­tor,” she says.

Talk­ing about her next film Kalki says, “I loved the script ... it is an in­tel­li­gent script. Ra­jat Kapoor told me about this film and I made my­self avail­able for the film for ten days.”

In­ter­est­ingly, film­maker Ni­cholas Kharkon­gor who is helm­ing the project plans to crowd-fund the post pro­duc­tion of the film. This is not the first time that a film is be­ing crowd-funded and Kalki feels that this trend also has a great fu­ture. “There were pro­duc­ers on board, we had money but it was not enough. So, as ac­tors we did all that we could for the film. Some worked for free, some ar­ranged meals for the cast and crew. We hope peo­ple will give money for the project. We are also spread­ing the word for the film,” she says.

PHOTO: COL­STON JU­LIAN

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