I am not a launch­pad for star kids, says Tig­man­shu Dhu­lia

I can’t make such for­mula films. I make films for my­self. I am not a launch­pad for star kids TIG­MAN­SHU DHU­LIA, FILM­MAKER

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At a time when sev­eral Bol­ly­wood film­mak­ers are vy­ing to launch star kids, film­maker Tig­man­shu Dhu­lia, says he won’t ever make a film to launch any­one.

“A de­but film for star kids has to be made in a cer­tain way. Since it is their launch film, un­hey gaana bhi gaana hain aur ac­tion bhi karna hain (they must sing songs and do ac­tion se­quence also). I can’t make such for­mula films. I make films for my­self. I am not a launch­pad for star kids,” says the Paan Singh To­mar (2012) direc­tor, who was re­cently in the Cap­i­tal to launch the trailer of his film, Raag Desh, in the par­lia­ment.

In­ter­est­ingly, the direc­tor was ap­proached to make Hero (2015) that launched Sooraj Pan­choli (Aditya Pan­choli’s son) and Athiya Shetty (Su­nil Shetty’s daugh­ter), be­fore it went to Nikhil Advani. “Yes I was asked to make the film but I said no be­cause at that time I was work­ing on some­thing else. And, as I said, for­mula films aren’t my cup of tea,” he says. In fact, he says for­mula films are un­likely to work as a de­but film. “The au­di­ence has evolved. You can’t make a Be­taab (1983) or Love Story (1981) as launch film,” he says.

The direc­tor-ac­tor also feels that in the be­gin­ning star kids are also skep­ti­cal about the kind of film they can do. “I fin­ished a script on Se­cond World War and ap­proached a star kid. He was com­pletely blown by the story. But then he backed out be­cause he was not sure if he will be able to pull it off,” he says.

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