NEPOTISM, PERIOD FILMS AND MORE
All on WEʼS chat with team Baadshaho.
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.
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