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Vishal Bhardwaj Opens Up On Success of Vikrant Massey-Starrer 12th Fail, Says ‘There Is No Star…’


Last Updated: February 06, 2024, 21:37 IST

12th Fail was released worldwide on October 27, 2023.

Vishal Bhardwaj calls the success of 12th Fail “like a silver lining” for independent films at a time when no one is sure about what will work in theatres.

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has described the success of 12th Fail “like a silver lining” for independent films at a time when no one is sure about what will work in theatres.

There was a time, Bhardwaj said, when it was not difficult to get films like his Shakespeare trilogy — “Maqbool”, “Omkara” and “Haider” — or movies like “Dev D” and “Oye Lucky Lucky Oye” financed.

“Independent cinema has progressed a lot. In fact, it progressed and is now regressing. What’s responsible for that, we all are exploring. There was a time when ‘Haider’, ‘Maqbool’, ‘Omkara’, which still had commercial stars, but films like ‘Dev D’ and ‘Oye Lucky Lucky’, we used to easily get money to make those kinds of films,” Bhardwaj said during a press conference at the recently concluded Jaipur Literature Festival 2024.

“Now it’s very difficult to raise money for these kind of films because everyone is scared, everyone is exploring ‘ki kya chalega theatres mein’ (what will work in theatres),” the filmmaker added.

He praised filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra for 12th Fail, a film that surprised trade analysts by performing exceptionally well at a time when spectacle cinema seems to be the flavour of the season. Mounted on a reported budget of Rs 20 crore, the Vikrant Massey-starrer was released in cinemas in October and is still running despite being available on OTT. It has earned over Rs 70 crore at the box office.

“A silver lining in this is the success of ’12th Fail’. There is no star, there is no weirdness, the background score is also beautiful. It is pure filmmaking by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and I think this is his best film. To see the kind of success and love the film got, if there is a silver lining that the audience is there to watch every kind of film but it must be worth it for them to come to theatres. So we all are exploring whether a film like ‘Animal’ will work or a film like ‘Jawan’ or ‘Pathaan’ or a mindless south Indian action film. It is all imbalanced,” Bhardwaj said.

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