Actor Irrfan Khan, known for his acting prowess, fears the Indian entertainment industry may soon lose young audience to Hollywood and blames it on the lack of focus when Hindi movies deal with important issues.
“In today’s time, storytelling is changing. The young audience is watching Hollywood cinema more and more because we (Bollywood) are not able to provide them intelligent entertainment where the film is not just a time pass, but also has something else about them,” Irrfan said.
“Regional cinema is talking about regional issues... It is incorporating those issues which are of people’s concern. But Hindi commercial cinema generalises them... It doesn’t really talk about a specific thing. That’s where it loses its focus,” he added.
Irrfan was last seen in Madaari, which talks about a common man’s ordeal when he loses his son in a tragic incident.
He feels it is high time filmmakers took more care to offer better content to the audience.
“I think it will be more and more difficult for Indian films to find an audience. Either big films that come with superstars or some family entertainers... Only these kind of films might find an audience. We have the danger to lose the young audience,” he said.
Irrfan, who has worked in several international movies including Life of Pi and Jurassic World, said Bollywood needs to respect its writers.
“In Hollywood, writers are respected much more than in India. They are paid much more and are secure. We are seeing a change in the Indian film industry as well and I hope we could inspire many more writers and they could get their due and space,” Irrfan said.
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