‘Audience sense Ranbir’s warmth, they want him to succeed’
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‘Audience sense Ranbir’s warmth, they want him to succeed’

In an interview with HT, director talks about why he has never been a fan of film’s opening figures, how some of Indian cinema’s biggest successes had weak openings and why Ranbir Kapoor is so special.

bollywood Updated: Dec 08, 2015 17:33 IST
Ranbir Kapoor,Imtiaz Ali,Deepika Padukone
Tamasha director Imtiaz Ali was recently in Delhi to attend and moderate a session comprising Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kangana Ranaut at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2015.(Hindustan Times)

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.”

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Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor in a still from the film Tamasha. (Facebook)

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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.”

First Published: Dec 08, 2015 17:32 IST