Printed:January 30, 2017 four:26 pm
Ace Bollywood scriptwriter Ritesh Shah, who has created a buzz by penning highly effective on-screen ladies characters for movies like Pink and Kahaani, says the trade is reshaping itself by breaking the cliche of song-and-dance routines and making an attempt to ship one thing “new and attention-grabbing” to its viewers.
An upbeat Shah says the viewers can now anticipate a minimum of 15 good, content-driven movies yearly.
In an interview to IANS on the sidelines of the Tata Metal Kolkata Literary Meet, Shah stated: “Bollywood is altering. Should you take a look at the most important stars of the trade right now, they’re additionally opting to do movies with a semblance of a narrative and a robust feminine character.”
“It reveals how stars like them are additionally being pushed by the trade to do content-backed movies.”
“Out of the 15 or 16 movies which have actually labored on the field workplace final yr, nearly 14-and-a-half are content-driven the place the story, character, therapy and dialogue are given precedence. To any extent further the viewers can anticipate a minimum of 15 good movies yearly.”
Whereas stating he would at all times prefer to be part of movies which might be impactful in addition to commercially viable, the avid Salim-Javed fan stated there may be nothing fallacious in vying for business success.
“I consider a movie that has nice evaluations however isn’t seen by greater than 50,000 folks, isn’t factor. A filmmaker can’t be so indulgent or self-satisfied to make movies just for a choose group of individuals.”
Whereas speaking about his preliminary battle as a screenplay and script author, Shah stated he took a aware choice to work in movies that will imply one thing to him and to those that come to see it.
“I obtained higher presents within the second half of my profession after Drive and Kahaani occurred and it was a aware choice to work in movies that will be impactful however not restricted to a particular set of individuals.”
The winner of the Stardust Award for Greatest Screenplay in 2016 additionally didn’t rule out the possibility of venturing into route or performing.
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“At current, I like the truth that I’m a mainstream author and I make my dwelling out of writing. However by no means say by no means to something in our trade.
“Tomorrow, if somebody isn’t capable of perceive a selected character or if there’s a small half that’s extremely vital however no one is prepared to do it, I would as nicely make the leap and say let me do it,” Shah stated with a smile.
Speaking about his future initiatives just like the action-packed Commando 2 or the Arjun Rampal-starer Daddy, Shah stated he would love to stay to scripts that attain out to a bigger part of society whereas making sense.
“Me, Raja Krishna Menon and Suresh Nair, the identical writing group of Airlift film, are engaged on the remake of Jon Favreau’s 2014 Drama movie Chef. That was a tricky job and it has given us loads of inventive satisfaction and hope,” he stated.
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Shah stated he appears to be like as much as the Academy award-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and filmmaker-cum-writer Billy Wilder as his inspirations. The Salim-Javed scripts from the 1970s additionally proceed to fascinate him.
Speaking in regards to the 2016 hit Pink that introduced him awards and accolades, Shah stated a movie like that’s not made fairly often.
“Within the 11 years of my movie profession, I by no means needed to talk about a movie with so many individuals like I did within the case of Pink. That tells me Pink has impacted the lives of lots of people.”
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