The viewers appears to favor lifelike content material on OTT platforms currently, however actor Abhishek Bachchan feels the significance that mainstream cinema enjoys won’t ever fade. “The kind of storytelling, songs, dance will not go. You will get a different aspect of it because of the various platforms available. You will see a variant of it but mainstream cinema is not going anywhere. Are protagonists going to be superhuman? That is something that will change,” he informed IANS.
The actor says there is a sure pattern that thrives within the trade nevertheless it goes away in just a few years.
“In the ’70s and the ’80s rebellious love was a big theme — non-acceptance from the girl’s or boy’s side. But that changed in the ’90s, where, in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Shah Rukh Khan said I will not run away. I will win the family over. So you cannot generalise. Storytelling will adapt as per the wishes of the audience,” he says.
He provides that the protagonists of movies as we speak can’t be in comparison with these of older movies.
“I think the audience’s tastes change every seven to 10 years. That’s because a new generation of cinema viewers comes in and with them they bring in their choices, likes and dislikes. You cannot compare the protagonist from 1940 to 2010. It’s always changed. That’s how organically cinema grows,” he says.
Meanwhile, the actor, who will quickly be seen within the movie “The Big Bull”, says that the movie was anticipated to have a theatrical launch however the pandemic compelled them to go for a digital premiere as an alternative.
“The film was thought of, envisaged and dreamt of as a big screen spectacle. If you see the trailer, the songs, as well as everything else, is larger than life. It has been shot keeping the big screen in mind. We intended this for the cinemas,” he says.
He provides: “Being a film actor, from a film family and having grown up in movie theatres, there is no happier place for me than inside the movie theatre with popcorn, samosa and a cold drink. You want to get back to the theatres but the silver lining is that the audience will get to see your work (if you release digitally).”
In truth, whereas that they had completed capturing “The Big Bull”, many members from the crew had been contaminated with Covid through the publish manufacturing.
“We had finished shooting the film before lockdown. The film was slated for an October release. Then, lockdown happened and we decided to release it digitally. There was no clarity as to what would happen to cinemas. (The film’s producer) Ajay (Devgn) spoke to me in April and said that we should release the film digitally. We didn’t know if theatres open and if people would come. So we thought, why not release it digitally since we know people will watch. We had some tweaks left which we had to shoot. We did this when I recovered from Covid. Then (director) Kookie (Gulati) got Covid, one of the co-producers got infected. Thankfully, everyone is safe now. Most of the shoot was finished before Covid struck our country,” he says.