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We're making the best cinema now: Rishi

Veterans of cinema might differ with this, but the golden boy of 70s, Rishi Kapoor, feels that better movies are being made in today's times, compared to the cinema of 70s-80s. He gets candid at the HT Leadership Summit.

bollywood Updated: Nov 19, 2010 18:25 IST
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Mera Naam Joker

Veterans of cinema might differ with this, but the golden boy of 70s, Rishi Kapoor, feels that better movies are being made in today's times, compared to the cinema of 70s-80s.

Speaking at HT Leadership Summit, Rishi Kapoor who was established as a lover boy of 70s-80s with films like Bobby, Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi, Zamane Ko Dikhana Hai and Chandni, feels that audiences back then were more "forgiving".

"In my time, audiences were more forgiving. Actors worked in movies with repetitive themes, and audiences still watched them. Today with the advent of Twitter, Facebook, people want more variety in cinema. So it's more challenging for Ranbir to live up to the expectations of cine-goers. Today actors are more fearless, they experiment more. Today's films can be made on isolated incidents, and need not be a complete story."

The actor is all praise for today's cinema and feels that best films are being made in today's times. Says the actor, "We are making the best cinema today. People might say that old films were better, but I beg to differ. I missed the music of my times though."

Rishi, the brat
Now tagged as a strict parent by Ranbir, Rishi reveals he was a "brat" when he was young. "In 1973, when I was 20-21, my movies were doing well and I was getting good money. I had a red sports car. Being immature, I was a complete brat. But with time, when some of my films didn't work, I became matured, and much grounded."

Incidentally, Rishi Kapoor's Mera Naam Joker has completed 40 years, which also marks four decades of cinema for this Kapoor veteran. He also wants to break the misconception that Kapoor women are not allowed to work after marriage.

"If that had been the case, why would have Neetu done Do Dooni Chaar after 30 years."