As the Indian audiences moisten themselves to another Rajinikanth movie, there’s a country-wide debate about the fan culture in India.
While a mediocre film has become the biggest opener in the history of Indian cinema, the fate of content-driven films is being questioned.
Among all the hype, fans and talk about cinema, Nana Patekar’s comments about Rajinikanth have emerged to be the real winner.
While talking on the Rajini fiasco, Nana had this to say:
“Film is the biggest superstar. If your story is good and executed well then, even if actors are new, the film will do well. As far as stars are concerned, the film will run for two or three days but later on if the film is not good enough, it will not run irrespective of who the star of the film is.”
Stressing on the longevity of a movie, Nana said star power can only run the picture on weekends but it’s the story of the film that will drive the movie further. Just star power doesn’t guarantee a film to be remembered years later.
Nana also talked about the importance of writers in India.
“Writers are given more importance today. Salim-Javed gave writers a good status in our industry. A film is only as good as its story. If the story is not good, the film will not be good as well. The story should good look on paper. If the story is not good, no big star can save it. It will run only for one or two days. That’s it. A star can bring the audience to theatres only for two days but not more.”
Being a cinema obsessed generation, we would like to side with Nana on this one. Our sole objective is to make and consume good quality cinema, the kind of cinema we can watch again and again, the kind we can be proud of, the kind of cinema that the whole world recognizes us by.
And we really don’t want to be recognized by Kabali.