Director Vikram Bhatt feels Bollywood filmmakers would benefit more if they focus on making original content rather than copying Hollywood movies.
The filmmaker admitted he failed with his 2014 directorial outing Creature because he tried imitating the stuff made in the West and hence, believes if an Indian director goes on aping a Hollywood horror film it will only result into a movie with sub-standard quality. “Our horror films have always been the romanticizing of horror. We always had love stories, emotions, music. Whether it is Mahal, Kohra, Bees Saal Baad...That is the culture of our films. Raaz belongs to the culture of Indian horror films. If we are to make Conjuring, then people say, ‘Oh this is Conjuring’,” he said.
Watch: Trailer of The Conjuring
“Anybody who tries to ape Hollywood now is going to become a lesser cousin of Hollywood. I’ve learnt that lesson myself in a film called Creature,” Vikram told reporters at a promotional event for Raaz Reboot.
The director is geared up for the release of Emraan Hashmi-starrer Raaz Reboot, which is the fourth film in the horror film franchise Raaz.
Vikram said Hindi film industry doesn’t have the right budget to compete with horror films made in the west. “When they are making films, which have hot aliens in it, we cannot compare. We don’t have the budgets. When you become a poor cousin of Conjuring, they (audience) have Conjuring to watch. Why will they watch your films?”
Horror genre has largely remained untapped in Hindi cinema and fans have often complained of its “amateurish” depiction of on screen by the filmmakers here.
Watch: Trailer of Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz Reboot
Vikram, however, is certain he wouldn’t change his way of making such movies to please audience. “We have to stick to the art form that we are. We are the romanticizing art form. If the Conjuring audience doesn’t want to see it, then too bad. But we are not going to change for it,” he said.
Also starring Gaurav Arora and Kriti Kharbanda, Raaz Reboot is set to release on September 16 in a box-office clash with megastar Amitabh Bachchan-led thriller Pink.
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