Big screen magic: Boney Kapoor sticks to the 70mm ex­pe­ri­ence

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Prashant Singh prashant.singh@htlive.com

It goes with­out say­ing that the lock­down has badly im­pacted the econ­omy, in­clud­ing the movie busi­ness. That’s why, many film­mak­ers have de­cided to skip the the­atri­cal re­lease of their films, and go straight to OTT plat­forms. Al­though, Boney Kapoor re­alises that th­ese are “ex­tra­or­di­nary times”, the vet­eran pro­ducer plans to stick to the ‘big screen’ for his three new films.

“In my 40-year-long ca­reer (as a film pro­ducer), I’ve made over 35 films, and all of them have re­leased in the­atres. Go­ing by my ex­pe­ri­ence, I can con­fi­dently say that all kinds of plat­forms — be it OTT, cin­ema halls or tele­vi­son — will co­ex­ist, and thrive,” says Kapoor, who has Ajay Devgn-star­rer Maidaan, Val­i­mai (Tamil ac­tioner star­ring Ajith Ku­mar) and Pawan Kalyan-star­rer Va­keel Saab (Telugu re­make of Pink) in his kitty.

“I strongly be­lieve there are cer­tain films, which are meant for the larger-than-life, the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, and so, they should go to cin­ema halls first. As for me, I am ex­tremely ex­cited to bring my (new) films to the big screen,” says Kapoor, who is yet to com­plete work on all his three films, in­clud­ing the am­bi­tious sports-drama, Maidaan, which re­counts the story of the ‘golden era of In­dian foot­ball (1952-1962).’

But what’s his take on a few film­mak­ers choos­ing OTT play­ers over big screen? “See, th­ese are ex­tra­or­di­nary times (due to Covid-19 pan­demic) that none of us have wit­nessed be­fore. Talk­ing about movies, if a cer­tain pro­ducer is ready with his/her film and can’t af­ford to wait (for the­atres to re­open) then OTT plat­forms can be a big bless­ing for them as they can eas­ily re­cover their in­vest­ments,” he says.

At the same time, Kapoor is aware that “ex­hibitors and dis­trib­u­tors are not happy about films go­ing straight” to OTT plat­forms. “But they should un­der­stand the over­all, sit­u­a­tion and look at things prac­ti­cally. I am sure there will be enough and more con­tent once the­atres re­open. We are in it to­gether, and will come out with fly­ing colours,” he says.

Boney Kapoor

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Ajay Devgn

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