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In the last few years, Bollywood has seen an overwhelming number of biopics. Some struck gold, others missed the bull's eye. The recent massive success of Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju has made many filmmakers opt for real-life stories when it comes to celluloid. But this trend is not just restricted to biopics. Bollywood is in no mood to slow down when it comes to period films as well.
Karan Johar has Kalank, Takht and Rannbhoomi coming up next. Kangana Ranaut will be seen in 'Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi'. Akshay Kumar's Kesari is based on 897 Battle of Saragarhi. Ajay Devgn will be stepping into Tanaji Malusare's shoes, Ashutosh Gowarikar is calling the shots with Panipat. Phew, these are just few names!
When we caught up with writer-director Habib Faisal who helmed films like Ishaqzaade, Do Dooni Char, Qaidi Band and more recently stepped into the web space with 'Home', we couldn't resist ourselves from asking him about this growing trend. Here's what the filmmaker exclusively told us.
The Herd Mentality Has Always Been There
Habib told Filmibeat, "We have always been following the herd mentality. Today, there's a growing trend of biopics, sports drama. Next, there might be something else."
It's Not New
Citing the example of Amar, Akbar and Anthony, Habib said, "A film on three brothers getting separated got made. After that, so many films followed the same template. Manmohan Desai himself made so many of them. "
Not Just Bollywood, The Trend Exists In Hollywood As Well
"Not just in India, this trend is growing even in Hollywood. They have individual super hero films. Then, they bring them together and make an Avengers series. Formula is not just restricted to film-making. It's the go-to thing in every field."
'Safe Players Will Follow The Rule'
"Anything that requires money to be invested and returns to be got, the safe players will follow the formula and then, there are those who will break them. So when that's broken, there will be whole lot of people who will ape those. At times, the formula breakers succeed and at times, they don't."
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