Filmmakers take shortcut for commercial success, says Adil Hussain

Adil Hussain

Mumbai: Acclaimed actor Adil Hussain says nowadays most filmmakers focus on cracking the 'formula' for a movie's commercial success rather than working hard on telling new and different stories.

Adil, who has acted in international, Bollywood and Indian regional films, will soon be seen in forthcoming indie film "Mukti Bhawan". He says what is considered "so-called" art house films in India, is mainstream cinema in foreign countries.

"There is no doubt about the fact that song and dance are integral parts of our Indian storytelling. However, it must be well-balanced with a strong story. These days filmmakers are bypassing the hard work to make a film that amalgamates all the elements nicely -- song, dance and story.

"Rather they are taking shortcut for commercial success of a film. Since these films are working at the box office, they have taken it as a formula and continuing such practice," Adil told the media here on Thursday. He spoke at an event attended by "Mukti Bhawan" director Shubhashish Bhutiani, producer Sanjay Bhutiani and actors Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh and Navnindra Behl.

Adil plays a key character in the film, which revolves around an interesting relationship between a father and son after the former decides to die in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi and his son is forced to join his journey. The actor says his parameter of choosing a script depends on the character, and not for money all the time.

"I always try to balance between commercial cinema and independent cinema so that I can manage to pay my bills as well as satisfy the artiste inside me. Therefore, I am acting in films like 'Force2', 'Commando 2', "2.0" and on the other hand, in a film like 'Mukti Bhawan'," said the "Life Of Pi" actor, who also featured in "English Vinglish".

The actor also urged those in marketing and distribution of films to redefine the way of creating a market for good cinema so that such films can get a better reach and a wider audience. "Mukti Bhawan" is slated to release on April 7.

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