‘Biopics didn’t ex­ist 10 years back’

Kher, who starred in crick­eter MS Dhoni’s biopic, says the au­di­ence is in­ter­ested in con­tent-driven films

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Just be­cause a for­mula is work­ing, doesn’t mean that ev­ery film will work with the same for­mula ANUMPAM KHER, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Anu­pam Kher (right) who played the role of crick­eter MS Dhoni’s fa­ther in the biopic on the for­mer In­dian cricket cap­tain, feels In­dian au­di­ences weren’t ready for con­tent-driven films a decade back. “Cin­ema has changed over the past 8-10 years. Pehle aap biopics ya bi­ogra­phies ka naam nahi sunte the (You never heard the con­cept of biopics or bi­ogra­phies 8-10 years ago). If they had made a film like MS Dhoni: The Un­told Story (2016) back then, I don’t think it would have worked be­cause peo­ple weren’t ready for that kind of story,” he says.

Ac­cord­ing to the 62-year-old ac­tor, the film’s suc­cess at the box of­fice is tes­ti­mony to the fact that the au­di­ence is now more in­ter­ested in con­tent­driven films than just masala films. “About a decade back, cin­ema was the only source of en­ter­tain­ment. Now it has be­come one of the many sources of en­ter­tain­ment — there are web se­ries, short films, TV se­ries, con­tent on so­cial me­dia and much more. Cin­ema can’t rise above its au­di­ence. So now they [au­di­ence] judge the film on its con­tent,” he says. On whether the trend of biopics will fade soon, the ac­tor says, “I don’t think so. Ul­ti­mately, it de­pends on the film­maker and how they de­cide to tell a story. Just be­cause a for­mula is work­ing, doesn’t mean that ev­ery film will work with the same for­mula.”

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

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