Actor Anupam Kher played the role of cricketer MS Dhoni’s father in the biopic on the former Indian cricket captain that turned out to be one of the success stories at the box-office. The actor, however, feels that Indian audiences weren’t ready for content-driven films a decade back. “Cinema has changed over the past 8-10 years. Pehle aap biopics ya biographies ka naam nahi sunte the (You would have not heard the concept of biopics or biographies 8-10 years ago). If they had made a film like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) back then, I don’t think it would have worked because people weren’t ready for that kind of films,” he says.
According to the 62-year-old actor, the film’s success at the box office is a testimony to the fact that the audience is now more interested in content-driven films than just masala films, which are mostly commercially viable.
“About a decade back, cinema was the only source of entertainment. Now, it has become one of the many sources of entertainment — there are web series, short films, TV series, content on social media and much more. Cinema can’t rise above its audience. So now they [audience] judge the film on its content,” adds Anupam.
On whether the trend of biopics will fade soon, he opines, “I don’t think so. Ultimately, it depends on the filmmaker and how they decide to tell a story. Just because a formula is working, doesn’t mean that every film with the same formula will work. Similarly, it doesn’t mean that the trend will fade away either.”
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