“I saw my father bring cut into peices infront of my eyes and put in a sack and I did not get his body back also, please take my interview on record- One victim (name withheld) told me while almost choking with tears on call”– Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri.
Few hours away from the tinsel town, Goa has often proved to be a creative haven for writers and directors to jam on their scripts. Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri who is basking in the glory of a monstrous hit- The Tashkent Files which is dubbed as one of the most profitable films of 2019, has bagged a book deal on the film. The director is en route Goa to pen his tryst with the subject- getting it off the ground to the cash registers ringing.Continue reading “Writer-Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri shifts base to Goa”
Close on the heels of The Tashkent Files crossing 80 days, the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) honoured Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri with a coveted trophy for delivering a stupendous Box Office success.
The film records a collection of INR 20 Cr plus with a shoestring making & marketing cost of 4 Cr and garnering a position among the top 5 “profitable films” status of 2019. The Tashkent Files, released on 12th April faced a slew of onslaughts week on week from the big budget and star led films like Kalank, Avengers, SOTY 2, Bharat and De De Pyar De yet it maintained a steady graph gliding through its 12th Week run.
The award was presented to Vivek Agnihotir by 4 times National Award Winner Madhur Bhandarkar and Sriram Raghvan. Talking about the recent honour, Vivek Ranjan Agnihorti, Director, The Tashkent Files stated,“It is always heartening to be recognised and acknowledged by the fraternity. This film has broken all the rules, it has every element that is a big no-no in film’s rule book. Yet it ran for over 80 days. This means that if you chase your conviction, anything is possible.”
Agnihotri has announced his next venture- The Kashmir Files which is based on my mass exodus of Kashmiri Pundits and the biggest ethnic cleansing that India has seen. The Tashkent Files is still running in theatres.
The phenomenal showing in India of Avengers Endgame, which has had massive collections has sent alarm bells ringing in Bollywood. Why don’t we see sci fi content in our Bollywood films, why is there a dearth of original Indian content, why aren’t we exploring the vast repertoire of rich content and story lines that we already have?
Here’s what a few directors had to say about the same:
Madhur Bandarkar said,“Right at the outset I would like to state that is it unfair to compare Indian cinema with Hollywood. Look at the scope of business for them? They have the world market. In India itself they are dubbing in atleast three languages. Whereas for us it is still a limited market even if we distribute overseas. We will be catering to diaspora audience. It’s not that we don’t have the technical knowhow or great stories to tell. If you look at Bahubali it’s at par with any Hollywood film. Things are picking up however in India a gradual pace. Digital has picked up, Ott platforms are opening up so Sci Fi as a genre will grow in India, I’m very hopeful.”
Shashanka Ghosh said,“I feel there are many ideas but mostly in the overlap between fantasy and sci fi. For pure sci fi- traditionally and now we still prefer emotionally charged storytelling while sci fi requires a logical/ intellectual involvement which is slowly coming about. In the super real fantasy zone we have no dearth – god films have abounded, and the latest being Bahubali.”Protiqe Mojoomdar said, “Right from the times of Satyajit Ray’s Prof. Shanku to Chacha Chaudhary, Nagraj and Tinkle.. and of course Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury.. Indians have grown up with both Indian and international sci fi stories and exciting superheroes. Avengers and Stranger Things are a recent phenomenon of course, which have opened the lid in terms of cashing in majorly on the film/content business. And that’s because studios like Marvel and Netflix are some of the smartest content creators in the world – their fingers have been on the viewer’s pulse all along. We are very very excited about this genre at Handyyman, and are attempting this in a small way through our forthcoming web series ‘Hawa Badle Hassu’ which is an environmental thriller with sci-fi elements. While it is a simple story of an Autorickshaw driver who is desperately concerned about the deteriorating Environment around him, it packs in inspirations from the sci-fi genre to help turn the pages in this friendly neighborhood autowallah’s life! And it’s an all Indian crew and VFX is happening out of Goa.
Vivek Agnihotri said,” I think Sci Fi in Hollywood is a cultivated genre. They have comics and pre established stories which already command a huge fan base. They are smart to convert that huge repository into cinema. We have great stories too but there is a gap somewhere. We are not turning to our roots- not exploring the depth of content that is already there. I think the issue is slightly deeper. As Indians we must instill a sense of pride in India. We should look at the positive narratives only then can we come up with such level of cinema”
Rajiv Chilaka, Creator of Chhota Bheem said,“Avengers Endgame has been a culmination of a decade of movies. Krish series was an honest attempt to create and add to the pantheon of Indian superheroes. The fact remains that Krish was the introduction of a new superhero. Some characters instantly connect to the audience and some create their impact over time. Even an Avengers Endgame took a decade to become the juggernaut that it is today. I believe this genre commands a much closer and longer approach.”
So if the first look of Hate Story was a surprise then the trailer might even tend to shock all of you. Produced by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Vivek Agnihotri ( who’s made Chocolate and Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal earlier ), Hate Story stars Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah and Nikhil Dwivedi in the lead along with a host of other supporting actors.Continue reading “Hate Story-Trailer”