Content may be king now, but for Nawazuddin Siddiqui, even social movies tend to be as formulated as Bollywood films. Calling the current trend of socially relevant films "propaganda," the critically acclaimed actor said many of these films usually focus on one issue, but are peppered with the usual tropes.
“They are propaganda films, where you choose an issue and resembles a national crisis, not cinema. I think it's not cinema. Believe it or not, it's something else. “People call it content (cinema), but the recipe is the same as Bollywood's hit commercial film, which is five songs, dance, item number. So what can we call them targeted content? “Nawazuddin said.
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The actor, however, is not averse to signing movies like "this is what is working now". "As you get a problem, add five songs and call it content, until I started doing that," he added. Nawazuddin became an overnight star with the Gangs of Wasseypur series and followed performance-oriented films such as The Lunchbox, Badlapur, Raman Raghav 2.0, Haraamkhor and, at the same time, a number of commercial potboilers like Kick, Raees. , Mom, Bajrangi Bhaijaan among others.
The actor believes that in order to continue working, it is essential that an artist have a commercial position in the film industry. “An actor has to have a commercial position, because only one movie is made, the movie is played because of it. The movie runs on their shoulder, so it's necessary. I am making a lot of commercial films today and this is because I have a market value. Distributors know very well, know the market value of an actor, know why a movie is a success or failure. "
Asked about the perception that independent films do not generate commercial profits, Nawazuddin said that thinking needs to change. “Today, short films are not failures, as they have alternative platforms like digital. The disaster happens when a big budget movie fails, the hero of that movie falls. We do not. While our movies, after debuting in theaters when it airs on OTT, it recovers the money easily. "
The actor's latest movie, Motichoor Chaknachoor, a romantic comedy about a 36-year-old man trying to find a wife, released on Friday. The movie also features Athiya Shetty.
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