‘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
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.”