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Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

Barun Sobti on doing a biopic: I’ll only say yes if the film is about someone lesser-known

Actor Barun Sobti feels biopics should be about people whose contribution to the society hasn’t been brought to light, and not about those that are well-known, rich and famous.

bollywood Updated: Oct 11, 2017 17:10 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Barun Sobti’s last film Tu Hai Mera Sunday dealt with a problem youngsters commonly face.
Barun Sobti’s last film Tu Hai Mera Sunday dealt with a problem youngsters commonly face.(Waseem Gashroo/Hindustan Times)

Barun Sobti isn’t against the ongoing trend of Bollywood churning out one biopic after the other. But he feels makers are playing it safe by cashing in on interest around popular personalities and aren’t ready to explore more.

“Biopics are a fantastic thing, but the industry lacks courage, at times. People make a star out of actors after one or two films, and keep capitalising on the same thing, without having the courage of exploring the world of cinema, which has so much to offer. It’s a kind of security in that people want to know about someone famous, so let’s make a film on that and everyone will like it. Also why only make biopics on people who are rich and famous? How about making films on lesser known people? I really liked Milind Dhaimade drawing inspiration from real life for Tu Hai Mera Sunday. The characters in the film are similar to a lot of people that we see around us,” says Barun, known for his TV shows, Dill Mill Gayye, Baat Hamari Pakki Hai and Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?


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On whether he would do a biopic if offered, Barun says, “It depends on the script. If I am offered a biopic on a person people know almost everything about, what is the point doing it? A film on someone about whom very less is known is something that would interest me.”

After his last release, Tu Hai Mera Sunday, which was about football, Barun is looking forward to his next film where he plays the role of cricket agent Ronojay Sen. “I am familiar with the game of cricket but the whole angle of cricket agent and the role they play behind the scene was very new to me,” he says adding that he also met a few cricket agents to understand his role better.

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First Published: Oct 11, 2017 17:10 IST

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