'A good film comes out of the filmmaker's passion', say directors

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Mumbai, Mar 27 (UNI) There is no readymade formula to ensure a film to be hit on the box office and every good film comes out due to the filmmaker's passion.

Eminent Bollywood filmmakers and directors, including Ramesh Sippy, Shimit Amin, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra put their heads together here yesterday in a FICCI-FRAMES session to answer the million-dollar question of how to find out formula for making a hit film and what kind of film works for today's audience.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has enthralled audiences with films like ''Parinda'', ''1942: A Love Story'', the ''Munna Bhai'' series, ''Eklavya'' and ''Mission Kashmir'', pointed out that there is no simple or ready answer as to the audience's preferences. ''All we try to do is to make a film that we believe in, and we try to be honest to our art,'' he said, adding that while it is easy to put a finger, at hindsight, with the aid of statistics and trends, on the kind of films that should be made, the fact is that when a filmmaker sets out to make a film, it is his passion and belief that urges him forward.

He said that even after seeing a film it is not always possible to predict how it will do at the box office. ''Sholay'' and ''Munna Bhai'', opened to small audiences for weeks, but later blossomed into blockbusters, he pointed out.

Echoing almost the same contentions of Mr Chopra, the director and editor of the widely acclaimed film ''Chak De India'', Shimit Amin said that filmmaking is a passion. There has to be something crazy in the filmmaker. ''So long as there is passion to keep trying and be innovative, we, as film makers, will derive satisfaction,'' he observed.

Writer and director Sudhir Mishra, who has made critically acclaimed films like ''Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi'', ''Dharavi'' and ''Chameli'', termed filmmaking to as act of arrogance, backed hopefully by a craft, knowledge and sensitivity. A film should be judged by its impact on the people. If the audiences leave the cinema hall happy, the film should be rated as good. That's the yardstick, he said.

Ramesh Sippy of ''Sholay'' fame, who moderated the panel discussion, felt there was no such thing as an ideal film. ''Yes, there was a time when films were made to appeal to as wide a section of people as possible. That was the era of formula films. It worked for a while, but people became fed up of such stereotypical films,'' he said.

CEO Film Producers' Guild of the UK, David Martin, said that trends emanating from the UK and the US showed that the younger generation preferred the big-scale, big-banner, visual effects-driven movies, while the older generation chose to see drama with high production value. The challenge, he said, was how new partnerships can be developed on a global scale which maximise the ''big bang'' at the least cost.

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