When it comes to star power, filmmaker Priyadarshan has made a bold prediction. The director believes that if movies take a “more realistic turn,” the draw of celebrities will gradually be replaced by the force of outstanding storytelling.
Priyadarshan has collaborated with some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities, including Salman Khan in the 2005 drama Kyon Ki…, Shah Rukh Khan in Billu (2007), and Akshay Kumar, who has worked with him on hits like Hera Pheri, Garam Masala, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
While his films with the stars ranged from dramas to comedies, the 64-year-old filmmaker, who has worked in a variety of genres and languages for nearly four decades, believes that today’s audiences reject films that aren’t true.
“The industry has changed. I think this is the last era of superstars. Whoever is enjoying today, Shah Rukh to Salman to Akshay… they should be thankful to God. Tomorrow, the superstar will be the content.”
“You can’t exaggerate without a believable situation. Even in a comedy or a serious film, the make-believe should look right. I don’t think any film can fail if it looks convincing,” Priyadarshan said.
The filmmaker is presently preparing for the release of Hungama 2, which will be available on Disney+ Hotstar on July 23. After the action drama Rangrezz in 2013, he would return to Hindi films with this comedy.