Anupam Kher: It is now difficult for stars to carry a film on sheer star power
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Anupam Kher: It is now difficult for stars to carry a film on sheer star power

Anupam Kher feels that stars need to deliver a good story, and feels stardom cannot guarantee a film’s success.

bollywood Updated: Oct 24, 2017 17:59 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
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Anupam Kher was last seen in the film Ranchi Diaries.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher has been a part of over 500 films in his career, and the 62-year-old now feels that content is slowly becoming the most important factor that decides the fate of a film at the box-office. He adds that big-budget films failing is not a new phenomenon, but maintains that star power alone cannot decide the success of a film anymore.

“I wouldn’t say that the lull (for big films at the box office) is happening only now, or that only now it is that big budget films, with big stars, are not working. [Back in the 70s] If there was a blockbuster like Sholay (1975), there was a film like Immaan Dharam (a 1977 release starring Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar and Rekha), which was a flop. Storytelling has always been of prime importance. But yes, it is difficult for stars to carry a film on their star power. You have to deliver a good story,” he says.

The actor, last seen in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, feels that the proliferating mediums of entertainment are offering a greater range of options to viewers. “Earlier, the only source of entertainment was films. Now, there are web-based platforms, some 50,000 satellite channels, and other sources. So, the story needs to be good for the audience to like it, and one needs to evolve with time,” he opines.

Kher cites the example of Akshay Kumar, who has understood the importance of content and says, “ I think Akshay is one of the few who have understood this trend and is constantly reinventing himself. It’s not only socially relevant films that he is doing, but his films have a storyline that appeals to the masses,” he adds.

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First Published: Oct 24, 2017 17:59 IST