With movies taking a “more realistic turn”, director Priyadarshan believes the attract of superstars will slowly get replaced by the energy of good storytelling. One of the most bankable filmmakers, Priyadarshan has labored with some of the greatest names in Bollywood — from Salman Khan in the 2005 drama “Kyon Ki…”, Shah Rukh Khan in “Billu” (2007), to Akshay Kumar, his long-time collaborator on hits like “Hera Pheri”, “Garam Masala” and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”.
While his movies with the superstars ranged from dramas to comedies, the 64-year-old director, who has been making motion pictures for practically 4 a long time throughout genres and languages, mentioned the viewers in the present day reject movies they do not discover genuine.
“The business has modified. I feel this is the last era of superstars. Whoever is having fun with in the present day, Shah Rukh to Salman to Akshay… they need to be grateful to God. Tomorrow, the celebrity can be the content material.
“I can see how films are taking a more realistic turn. You can’t exaggerate without a believable situation. Even in a comedy or a serious film, the make-believe should look right. I don’t think any film can fail if it looks convincing,” Priyadarshan mentioned.
He began his profession in the Eighties directing Malayalam movies like “Poochakkoru Mookkuthi” and “Boeing Boeing”, each with celebrity Mohanlal, and regularly moved to Tamil and Telugu industries.
In the Hindi movie business, the filmmaker started helming acclaimed dramas in the following decade, together with options like “Muskurahat”, “Gardish” and “Virasat”.
But it was the 2000 comedy “Hera Pheri” that shot Priyadarshan to pan-India highlight. The movie went on to turn out to be a blockbuster, with the crackling chemistry between the lead trio Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty being one of the contributing elements.
The director mentioned making “Hera Pheri” — remake of the 1989 Malayalam movie “Ramji Rao Speaking” directed by the duo Siddique-Lal — was an try to interrupt his dry spell at the field workplace, after movies like “Saat Rang Ke Sapne” and “Kabhi Na Kabhi”, each in 1998, did not work.
“When issues did not work for me for someday, I believed of ‘Hera Pheri’. I made a decision to strive what I had been profitable doing in the south. At that point, I discovered there was an enormous shortage of comedy movies. After ‘Hera Pheri’, the producers solely needed me to do comedies and never return to anything.
“The couple of times I tried deviating, I didn’t succeed. So I remembered what (director) David Dhawan had once told me: Never open the bonnet of a car that is running perfectly.”
And in the 2000 decade, Priyadarshan turned the face of comedies in Bollywood, delivering again to again hits like “Hulchul”, “Hungama”, “Bhagam Bhag” and “Malamaal Weekly”.
The filmmaker had a shocking common of one-film-per-year for practically a decade — generally even three releases a 12 months, with ‘Bhagam Bhag’, ‘Malamaal Weekly’ and ‘Chup Chup Ke’ releasing in 2006 — and Priyadarshan mentioned he may achieve this as a result of he had devised a method to work in Bollywood: make movies, keep away from socialising.
“In all these years, I by no means attended events or award features. Even after I received awards, I made another person choose them up. I’d come to Mumbai, do my job and depart.
“Whether it was Salman or Shah Rukh, I would only discuss the work. I was fortunate I could work with everyone. Though I never worked with Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan in movies, I’ve directed them in advertisements, in order that’s okay.”
The filmmaker is at the moment gearing up for the launch of his newest function, “Hungama 2”, scheduled to stream on Disney+ Hotstar from July 23. The comedy will mark his return to Hindi movies after the 2013 motion drama “Rangrezz”. Though Priyadarshan was identified for comedies, his Hindi initiatives in the last decade –“Aakrosh”, “Tezz” and “Rangrezz” — had been extra in the realm of drama.
“That was a time when I was missing making films like ‘Gardish’ and ‘Virasat’, so I thought to try the genre again. I am proud of ‘Aakrosh’ but the other two films didn’t work the way I wanted them to work,” he added.
“Hungama 2”, a sequel to the director’s 2003 hit comedy of the identical identify, stars Rawal, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Meezaan, and Pranitha Subhash.