‘Schools are to ed­u­cate, films should en­ter­tain’

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With a bunch of films around so­cial taboos be­ing made in Bol­ly­wood, it looks like film­mak­ers are putting con­tent above all as their unique sell­ing propo­si­tion. Join­ing the league is the lat­est re­lease, Poster Boys, star­ring Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol along with Shreyas Tal­pade, who also makes his di­rec­to­rial de­but with the film.

This film’s plot deals with va­sec­tomy, whereas oth­ers have been cen­tred around open defe­ca­tion, erec­tile dys­func­tion, and men­strual hy­giene in ru­ral ar­eas.

Asked if such films are in­tended to ed­u­cate or re­form so­ci­ety, Sunny says, “Schools are there to ed­u­cate, we make films to en­ter­tain.” Bobby and Shreyas agree im­me­di­ately.

Sunny, who played the angry young so­cial re­former in Ar­jun (1985) and var­i­ous up­right char­ac­ters in later films, says that par­ents are there to ed­u­cate, and so­ci­ety pro­vides solutions to is­sues.

Poster Boys is the Hindi adap­ta­tion of the Marathi movie Poshter Boyz, which had Shreyas in the lead. The ac­tor-direc­tor says that he never tries to preach to his au­di­ence. “Through this film, we are not telling peo­ple the pros and cons of va­sec­tomy or giv­ing them any gyaan,” says Shreyas. He adds that these con­tent-driven films give a start­ing point to the au­di­ence. “Once view­ers have watched a film, if they have to start [a dis­cus­sion on] a topic, they might use the film as a ref­er­ence point,” says Shreyas.

Poster Boys marks a come­back of sorts af­ter four years for Bobby. He feels that con­tent-driven films act only as in­flu­encers. “When peo­ple watch a film, they dis­cuss the topic or a scene and that cre­ates aware­ness in a way — in­di­rectly. That’s how movies are made. So we only act as a cat­a­lyst,” says Bobby.

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

(From left) Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, and Shreyas Tal­pade

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