Peo­ple didn’t ex­pect a com­mer­cial film from me: Tig­man­shu

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Bol­ly­wood film­mak­ers don’t shy away from ex­press­ing their pain when a film fails to make a mark at the box of­fice. While some take it to heart, oth­ers don’t let fail­ure dampen their spir­its, and move on. Tig­man­shu Dhu­lia (right) be­longs to the se­cond cat­e­gory. He de­cided to keep try­ing af­ter his 2013 film, Bul­let Raja (2013), didn’t do well.

“Af­ter putting so much time and en­ergy into a film, when it doesn’t work, it hurts. I wouldn’t have made the film had I not be­lieved in it. [Lead ac­tor of the film] Saif [Ali Khan] also liked the con­cept,” says Tig­man­shu.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the rea­son be­hind the fail­ure, he adds, “I think, it’s not just about the film, but also the im­age I have. It didn’t gel with the kind of films I make. Had it been made by a di­rec­tor such as Prabhu Dheva or Sa­jid Khan, who make com­mer­cial films, there would’ve been no prob­lem. “The ques­tion was, ‘How could Tig­man­shu make such a film? He should make his kind of cin­ema.’ The com­mer­cial cin­ema in Bol­ly­wood is be­ing pro­tected by few pro­duc­tion houses who can’t ac­cept it when di­rec­tors like me try mak­ing a film in that space.”

Guess what? Tig­man­shu is ready with an­other com­mer­cial project — the up­com­ing film, Yaara, star­ring Shruti Haasan, Amit Sadh, Vidyut Jamwal, and Vi­jay Varma. “No one can stop me from mak­ing the kind of films I want to make,” he says.

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