"I don't believe in the term art films" - Abhay Deol
Jet-lagged and sleep-deprived Abhay Deol takes out some time to
speak to Filmfare in Marrakech about his ideals and how they don't fit
the Bollywood bill. Read on.
Written By Vivek Bhatia
Posted Mon, Dec 3, 2012
Q. Indian Cinema has completed 100 years and you belong to the future of Indian Cinema…
We've completed 100 years, what should I say about that. Well, it's
good to be one of the oldest film industries around. Umm, a lot more to
draw inspiration from, I guess.
Q. Are you being sarcastic when you say that?
Q. How do you see Indian Cinema evolve hereon?
industry has been largely driven by insiders but it's changing now.
There are a lot of outsiders coming into the industry, which is good.
Also, finance has started coming from different areas. One must
understand, with change comes a lot of resistance. When I say
resistance, I don't mean it from the people who are used to a certain
way but from people who are money minded. Creative people from the
industry are struggling to make their mark. More than change the
struggle is showing. But that's just the beginning.
Q. Isn't that a good thing?
it's a good thing only if it continues to go this way. Right now the
money-minded people are also winning. And the one's who're passionate
and the creative sorts are slowly climbing the ladder. Anyone can win
right now. This could go towards a renaissance of sorts. Maybe, like a
departure from traditional filmmaking. Or it could roll back into the
same old rut of turning filmmaking into solely a moneymaking business
Q. Where do you see yourself in this change?
happy with the way I've been working so far. Obviously, I feel the
pressure of conforming to certain industry norms but I try not pay heed
to them. I've resisted them so far. And I hope to continue that for a
really long time. But you come from a family who has conformed to the
industry norms… My family has been very supportive of me. And I've
understood the films and the media from my childhood days. Being in a
film family has been an advantage. When it comes to struggling and
bringing about a change, my family isn't stopping me from doing that.
It's the industry which is stopping me from doing what I want to do.
People who play the numbers game frustrate me.
Q. Don't you ever think of creating a balance by doing one potboiler film and an off-beat film?
that don't conform to industry norms are termed as arty by many people.
I don't believe in the term 'art films'. Any film is a work of art,
whether it's good art or bad is subjective. But I've strived to attain
balance in all of my films. I don't want to sell my soul just to make a
quick buck. I also don't want to be indulgent and artistic that people
don't understand me. I've never liked either of the two extremes. I've
always taken the middle road.
Q. Who are your favourite Indian directors?
I remember seeing some stuff of Guru Dutt, Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukerjee as an impressionable child.
Q. And your favourite film?
And the one film I've enjoyed the most is Chupke Chupke. I was very young but I remember I loved watching the film repeatedly.