Imtiaz Ali’s latest film, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone may be doing well at the box office, but the filmmaker says that he has never been a big fan of these numbers.
“I feel that there is too much emphasis on the initial draw or the opening of the film. I’d like to remind everyone that some of the biggest stories of Indian cinema may not have necessarily had the biggest openings,” he says, adding, “It’s like directors are not making movies for the audience any more, instead they are just making it for their own selfish short-term interests.”
Ask him why he decided to cast Ranbir again, despite his last three films Bombay Velvet (2015), Roy (2015) and Besharam (2013), not doing well at the box office, and Ali says, “Every actor, whether it is Deepika or Ranbir, know that there are going to be ups and downs in their careers. They have seen both, and that’s why they are superstars. I feel in Ranbir’s case, the warmth that he has as a person inside him has reached out to the audience. They want his films to do well. They are anxious about his success. They want him to succeed.”