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I would love doing other genres, not comedy, says ‘Badlapur’ director Sriram Raghavan

Director Sriram Raghavan says that except comedy he is open to experiment with any other genres of movie. The director is known for his dark thrillers like “Badlapur” and “Johnny Gaddaar.”

“I will definitely try to do movies of different genres… I should get a story like that. My inclination is towards thrillers but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love other kind of movies,” Raghavan told PTI on the sidelines of the 6th Jagran Film Festival, which came to a close last night.

The directorial debut of Raghavan was in the year 2004 with neo-noir thriller “Ek Hasina Thi” which starred Saif Ali Khan and Urmila Matondkar.

Asserting further he told media, “I would love doing other genres, except comedy. I cannot do an out-an-out comedy. I don’t think I can do the big budget comedy films.”

However, to keep the viewers constantly engaged with the narrative, the director believes that dark humor must be used in thrillers, else the film would become too grim and that may not engage viewers.

Raghavan also said that big films come with bigger restrictions which were imposed on ourselves. The more big we think, the more we try to accommodate, he said.

Raghavan had made a big budget movie teaming up with Saif Ali Khan in the year 2012 to make “Agent Vinod.”

The director also cited that bigger risk which revolve around big budget movies should be accepted. Moreover, the story of the film should be given importance and not the cast. There should be freedom to tell the story the way one wants, whether big or small budget film.

Raghavan further said that he wants to be pure and make films without the “dangerous pressure” of pleasing the critics and box office numbers.

The director talking about present market and new filmmakers told it’s a great time to experiment new content as the audience appreciate new things and risks are paid off. Giving examples of films like ‘Dum
Laga Ke Haisha’ and ‘Piku,’ he said that the responses to content-driven movies are terrific and that every filmmaker should utilize this. In fact, a good story will attract big stars, he says.


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