NEPO­TISM, PE­RIOD FILMS AND MORE

All on WEʼS chat with team Baad­shaho.

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In­dian cin­ema is adapt­ing to new changes and it is all be­cause the au­di­ence is evolv­ing through the years. Long back, it was only about big stars, good mu­sic and over-thetop drama, but the story is not the same to­day. Bol­ly­wood is now majorly mak­ing a shift to­wards con­tent-driven movies and we got to see some of them rul­ing the box of­fice this year.

While un­con­ven­tional themes are slowly tak­ing over, the charm of com­mer­cial movies just can’t fade away eas­ily. Amidst this year full of hits and flops at the box of­fice, the King of com­mer­cial movies, Mi­lan Luthria brought in an­other movie, Baad­shaho, set in the background of the 70s. Film­maker Mi­lan Luthria who has given us im­mensely suc­cess­ful movies like The Dirty Pic­ture, Once Upon A Time In Mum­bai, has this un­usual fas­ci­na­tion with this era and with Baad­shaho, he took it a lit­tle fur­ther. While the team was in the cap­i­tal for pro­mo­tions, WE had an ex­clu­sive chat.

Ex­cerpts:

What prompts you to make a movie with a background of the 70s? Baad­shaho’s story was with you for years, when did you fi­nally start work­ing on it?

Mi­lan: The idea came to me from a friend. Ajay and me were shoot­ing for the movie Kachche Dhaage in Ra­jasthan. A friend of ours told us that ev­ery­one to­day know thats what ex­actly hap­pened in 1975 dur­ing the emer­gency era. There were raids, peo­ple were ar­rested, law and or­der ma­chin­ery weren't work­ing, demo­cratic rights were sus­pended. In be­tween all this, when build­ings of royal fam­i­lies were de­mol­ished, a lot of gold was found that mil­i­tary took away from there but where it went, know one knows yet. 70s is a very ex­cit­ing space to make a movie. We kept it on a back cor­ner and we vis­ited it a cou­ple of times. We kept talk­ing about it and then we fi­nally de­cided to make this movie.

The story stayed with me for around 15 years and at a time when I didn't want to do any pe­riod films, af­ter do­ing Once Upon A Time In Mum­bai, Once Upon A Time In Mum­bai Dobaara and The Dirty Pic­ture, I wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent but this story asked us to be made. And sto­ries do that. Some­time in your life, sto­ries catch hold of you.

Once again you are com­ing up with a pe­riod film. What is go­ing to make it dif­fer­ent from your pre­vi­ous ones?

Cur­rently, it's kind of an in­ter­na­tional phase go­ing on, if we look at web se­ries or shows like Game of Thrones, House of Cards. That too is a very his­tor­i­cal phase where fic­tion is mixed in to cre­ate larger than life char­ac­ters and a pe­riod set­ting. This is what peo­ple are lik­ing to­day. In Bol­ly­wood too, movies like Bahubali are pe­riod films. They are all do­ing well. So, I thought Baad­shaho is a dif­fer­ent movie from my pre­vi­ous pic­tures. Peo­ple may not be able to fig­ure out much about the movie and they may be think­ing that it is an outand-out ac­tion film but there are a lot of other el­e­ments like ro­mance, hu­mour, sus­pense. So, I felt like this is a very dif­fer­ent kind of space to work on.

The year has been a mix of hits and flops at the box of­fice. When big ban­ner movies like Jagga Ja­soos, Tube­light and Jab Harry Met Se­jal don’t do well at the box of­fice, does it af­fect you some­how?

I think it af­fects the mood of the film in­dus­try. Some­times films go wrong even if the film­mak­ers try their best. Some­thing doesn't fall right at times and you just go back and try to make an­other one. A film­maker al­ways wishes that their movies work well, but I have seen phases like this in the in­dus­try and film­mak­ers have al­ways fought back. I think, from here on till the end of this year, it will be a pos­i­tive phase.

Tell us about your up­com­ing projects.

Not re­ally de­cided. Don't know about the story what I will be pick­ing up. There are a cou­ple of ideas which we are de­vel­op­ing and lit­tle bit of work is hap­pen­ing on the web se­ries front in my pro­duc­tion com­pany. But I need to take a break

be­cause this film was dif­fi­cult to make with 6 ac­tors and such a big can­vas. So, I will de­cide by the end of the year.

Nepo­tism has be­come one of the most talked about top­ics of the year. Em­raan Hashmi and Esha Gupta shared their take on nepo­tism.

Em­raan: Nepo­tism does ex­ist. But I haven't sur­vived in Bol­ly­wood be­cause of it. Hav­ing a con­nec­tion in Bol­ly­wood can help you one sin­gle Fri­day at the box of­fice, but if you can't shine, you may not come back to movies. I had to nur­ture my tal­ent on my own and I have put in a lot of hard work to achieve. That is kind of a plus point of the film fam­ily that they may show you the door, but if your film doesn't work or you don't work hard, noth­ing can help you. This is what has been stretched way too long. The neg­a­tive part of be­ing in the nepo­tism clan that your off­spring is seen as some kind of ex­ten­sion to you which shouldn't be the case.

I have seen a lot of star sons who are con­stantly tried to be moulded. The most suc­cess­ful peo­ple in the

in­dus­try like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Cho­pra are not from the film in­dus­try. So, all those peo­ple who wish to be a part of the in­dus­try, I tell them that just work hard and you will achieve it.

To sum it up, this topic was brought up on a chat show six months ago and peo­ple started trolling. And then there was an award cer­e­mony that made a joke out of it. All I know is that it is only this elite clan that likes to talk about it. There are many peo­ple who would not even know about the mean­ing of this word. Peo­ple get suc­cess in the film in­dus­try or any other field with plain hard work.

Esha: I am not from the in­dus­try, so my views are a lit­tle dif­fer­ent from Em­ran. It is easy for an in­dus­try child to get work be­cause if noth­ing else, your fa­ther will pro­duce a movie for you or an un­cle or an an aunt who is a pro­ducer or di­rec­tor will give you work. But the only thing is, by the end of the day, you may not be that suc­cess­ful in films but will surely get a lot of work. But the ones who are ac­tu­ally very suc­cess­ful are those who are great ac­tors like Em­ran or Alia. And, yes, it is dif­fi­cult for an out­sider to be in the in­dus­try and there is nepo­tism, I won't take away from that. There are peo­ple who will keep pro­duc­ing films for you, but even­tu­ally I think you will be there if you are a good ac­tor. We

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