It infuriates me to see mindless movies collect 100 Crores: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Added by harini on Jun 16, 2012

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s latest production ‘Ferrari Ki Sawaari’, which released today, has been garnering rave reviews and the concept of the movie is being appreciated.

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra is of an opinion that as filmmaker’s it’s their responsibility to make movies with good messages in them.

“We change lives. So many people are impacted by cinema. With 'Munna Bhai', with '3 Idiots', with every film we've done, we've touched lives. That is the job of a filmmaker. And a filmmaker has a social responsibility, and he can't escape it, just the way you have a social responsibility if you are a journalist, and you can't escape that - whether or not you print this. We all create realities and impressions,” he said in an interview with a daily.

The producer said that it infuriated him to see rubbish movies collect 100 Crores at box-office and become huge hits.

“When I look at the mediocrity of Indian cinema, when I look at some rubbish being made and people hailing it because it is touching 100 crores, I get angry. I say ki tum logon ka koi dharam imaan hai nahi kya?” he asked.

The filmmaker said that it wasn’t required to do mindless movies to earn 100 Crores and sited the example of his movie ‘3 Idiots’ which earned over 100 Crores yet had a great concept and message in it. He also said that he would never make a movie if he isn’t happy with it.

“I have not made the third ‘Munna Bhai’ because I am not happy with the script. While I know that even if I make absolute rubbish, I will make 200 crores in the first three days. By the time you all realize on Monday that I have really made a bad film, I have collected the money and gone home. But I won't. Because these are the things that annoy me. The thinking that till yesterday I am a third-rate filmmaker but today my film has done 100 crores, so I'm acceptable,” he said.

He also isn’t happy that someone like Sanjay Leela Bhansali has produced something like ‘Rowdy Rathore’.

“I am not happy about it. He has worked with me for eight years. He considers me his mentor. I hope he will come out of it. But again, I can't be judgmental; I don't know what kind of rejection he had to go through when he made Guzaarish. He told some interviewer that you never came here after Guzaarish, you're here now - and he's right. Maybe this is some kind of revenge he's taking on the mediocrity that exists. He's seeking some kind of recognition and acceptance, and if it's coming through this kind of cinema, then it's sad. But I would like to meet and talk to him to understand that what drives an artist to this. I hope I'll never be driven to this,” he concluded.

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