Actress, Entrepreneur, Social Activist, Juhi Chawla has an interesting insight that favoring the small filmmakers. Her film My Brother Nikhil, which released over a decade ago & she had a message for the small budget films that don’t make it to the multiplexes.
Juhi opened up reminiscing about her My Brother Nikhil days. She went on to share, ‘I wish that there were more makers & takers of smaller budget films. But films like My Brother Nikhil, Jhankaar Beats or the film I Am which finally I co-produced with Onir which went on to win the National Award for the best Hindi film for that year but when it was made & when they wanted to release the film, though it was winning awards at all film festivals all across the world, they were struggling to find buyers when they were releasing in India.’
Unfortunately that happens to be the ugly truth as unconventional, off-beat, small budget cinema don’t end up getting a green signal at multiplexes or don’t get screens which are given away to big budget commercial pot boilers.
Juhi shares, ‘I wish either there were like a chain of theaters whether they were put up by the government too. This is a great industry which I’m sure pays a lot of taxes to them. They could put up a chain of cinemas & theaters which showcases smaller films, they could be smaller budget films or art films, the audience who wants to see them can go & view them & not at exorbitant rates at which they have to go & see in other multiplexes, I really wish that would happen, that would get lot more filmmakers to make good films & to come up more easily.’
We really hope Juhi, that someone’s listening!