Rishi Kapoor is gearing up for his next film PATEL KI PUNJABI SHAADI. He has always been quite open to whatever he thinks and feels and voices it on social media. He has spoken a lot about his equation with actors and how he finds work in today’s time.
During media interactions Rishi Kapoor said, “You might ask me how I am getting work in today’s times. Actors my age would sit at home 20-25 years back. Once their age passed, either they would get to play hero or heroine’s father or stay at home. There was no other job. I have seen many such actors. Once their prime passed, they were nobody. Why actors my age are getting work is because of Amitabh Bachchan; he spearheaded everything. Why actors like me get roles today? Why a film like PATEL KI PUNJABI SHAADI is made today? It does not boast of any huge, so called saleable star.”
Rishi further went on to say, “There was a time when we had only single screen theatres and there was a common audience. The audience was so simple and forgiving that they used to take anything in the name of entertainment. At any given point in time, most of the actors or rather all actors had two-three films only based on lost and found theme and two films based on love stories. It was either a rich girl, poor boy or poor girl and rich boy conflict or, in the beginning of the film, the children separate and, in the last scene, beating the villain and singing the song they reunite. These were only the type of films made those days. And the audience would lap it up. Every actor felt it was safe to play around these films because their stardom would be there. But today, with the advent of multiplex theatres which has happened, thanks to the malls and all those multiple theatres with the air-conditioning, the great sound, plush seats, terrific hot popcorn, coke, and the tickets being priced at 300-400 rupees, there is a certain section of our nation that can afford it. We have more than 400 million people in this country which belong to the upper and middle class strata of the society. They can afford, once or twice a month, to go and see the film in 300-400 rupees. These are the kind of people whose sensibility is not that of an autowallah. An autowallah still wants to see a film like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN. He still wants to see south Indian rape films and crude films, the kind of films we made when I was a hero. He doesn’t want any preaching. He doesn’t want any gyaan. That (multiplex) audience has made it possible for us to get films that we do. Today, PATEL KI PUNJABI SHAADI is only because of that audience, otherwise you would have never had character artist like Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal heading the cast. It’s that audience who would see us. They (the single screen audience) will not even come to see my film. I don’t even bother about that. This (multiplex) audience has given India a chance to make better films. This audience has given us a chance to make PINK, PIKU, TALVAR, DO DOONI CHAR, LIPSTICK UNDER MY BURKHA and SHUBH MANGAL SAVDHAN. So, we are separated by two divisions.”
“Films like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN and DANGAL will work well with both the audience. Both the audience will love it. But particular kind of cinema will make a lot of money with the multiplex audiences. So that is how actors like me have got a job in today’s times because different kind of films can be made with me. I was lucky to be cast or I would say it was a great stroke of luck that I did a film like AGNEEPATH. It was a great role for me to do. It was something different for me. I have done an array of roles. I have tried to look and play different roles in my life all through. If you see, my external look has been different in all my films. Why? Because I am passionate towards my work. I love my work. I love to act. People say why don’t you direct? My first love is acting, not directing. So I have not directed a film for the same reason since AA AB LAUT CHALEN and the God has been very kind to me that I am paid for what I love most. So, that is my answer to a lot of questions that you have in your mind,” adds Rishi Kapoor
Speaking about today’s generation he said, “My son Ranbir Kapoor doesn’t work with other actor, have you seen Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan together in one film. In AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY myself, Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna were there. No one was giving me work I had to struggle, the era of action hero was there, Vinod Khanna, Shatrugan Sinha, Amitabh Bachchan. Romantic films weren’t made. Today tell me does Akshay Kumar, or Salman Khan or anyone work with other hero’s, Ranbir also doesn’t work.”
Indeed a valid point!