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