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Prem Chopra: Earlier, films were made with lot of passion and patience, which is missing now

Veteran actor Prem Chopra feels that filmmakers today are not able to make films of the same kind as there were in his era, in spite of technology.

bollywood Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:18 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Actor Prem Chopra feels there is still a lot of disparity in filmmaking in today’s times as compared to his era.
Actor Prem Chopra feels there is still a lot of disparity in filmmaking in today’s times as compared to his era.(Yogen Shah)

At a time when Bollywood is churning some of the best films backed by great content, veteran actor Prem Chopra feels there’s still a lot of disparity in filmmaking as compared to his era. The veteran, who played villainous roles on-screen during the ‘70s and ‘80s, has worked in some 380 odd films in his career spanning over six decades, thus he definitely is fit to compare and comment on the changing trends in Hindi cinema.

“In those days, no doubt we didn’t have the technical finesse that we have now, but films were made with total dedication, concentration, passion and patience. They won’t be made in one go and most of the times, one film will be made in a time span of one of two years and the results would be fabulous in terms of some evergreen films,” says Chopra, adding that unfortunately, that’s not the case now.

Actor Prem Chopra played villainous roles on screen during the ‘780s and ‘80s. (Punnet Chandhok )

“Filmmakers today are not able to make films of the same kind in spite of technology,” he says. “In the past, they usually concentrated on a lot on subject, story, and content. They’ll have one schedule and then for next schedule, they will sit down again — writers, directors and actors — and discuss things, because they knew that films couldn’t be made in isolation and it’s a group activity. Everybody had something to suggest,” he adds.

Chopra also points that people used to invest everything [financially] they had while making a film, which is not possible now and he blames it on “commercial viability” that plays an important role in today’s times. “Though we were aware of the characters that we were playing but we didn’t have any bound scripts, which they give now. The content, story and passion are missing nowadays. They make films fast and they go away fast. That’s why we no longer have films which run for 25 weeks or so. Even the so-called successful films would run for three or a maximum of four weeks,” maintains the actor.