After a five-year hiatus, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar comes with a lifelike film Babli Bouncer, a story about a female bouncer, written by Indian film star Tamannaah Bhatia. Madhur’s final performance Indu Sarkar was well received critically. With Babli Bouncer, Madhur tries to give the audience a feel-good family entertainer that will put a smile on the face of the audience. The film, starring Saurabh Shukla, Abhishek Bajaj and Sahil Vaid, will be released on September 23 on Disney+Hotstar in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Recently we spoke to Madhur Bhandarkar and while we talked at length about his upcoming movie Babli Bouncer, we also asked the filmmaker for his opinion on why movies fail to draw audiences to the theaters and the boycott trend.
Speaking of films that fail to draw audiences to the cinemas, Madhur Bhandarkar, director of Babli Bouncer, said: “It’s actually a phase. This is not the first time, I saw this phase as a child when I was in a video cassette library worked. There comes a stage where movies don’t do well at the box office. After the pandemic if you look, there is definitely a dent, a box office slump (numbers). For two years now, people watch movies on OTT and now they know She said the film will stream digitally in a month or so. The mindset has changed now, viewers have become very picky about the films they want to see in theaters.” Madhur further said, “But this is only a temporary phase. It’s not like no movie has done well in the theaters. Movies like Pushpa, KGF, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, The Kashmir Files, Gangubai Kathiawadi, RRR, all of these have well done at the box office.” Madhur, however, stated that he agrees that fewer number of films have done well at the box office this year, while adding that “the ratio could have been more in terms of films that did well.”
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Furthermore, Madhur stated that he is sure that this phase will decrease next month. “For the theater audience, for moviegoers, the theaters have a different charm. During the pandemic, there were so many news articles about theaters closing, owners losing money and turning cinema halls into party halls, but we survived that phase,” he said. There will always be a part of the audience that goes to the theaters to watch movies,” he added, “This is not just a phase in the Hindi film industry, it is global, even in the south they are witnessing a breakdown.”
Praying that things look good for the industry in the coming years, Madhur said, “I hope things will definitely get better and normal for everyone in the coming years.”
As to whether the boycott trend is having any impact on the collection of movies at the box office, the director of Babli Bouncer said: “I’ve been talking to several distributors and producers over the past month and I can say after the conversation that the cancellation culture or boycott trend, what you say, that definitely has an impact on the cash register. Perspective makes a difference.”
He went on to explain: “If a certain movie is boycotted, there will be people who will not want to go and see the movie because they are moviegoers after all, they have an opinion.”
“Our industry is a soft target. The first three days of a film’s release are very important. We love this fragile industry, so of course you want the consumer to go to a film with an open heart and mind. But exhibitors and distributors have told me ‘aisi cheesein hone se humko theater mein, collection mein pharak padta hai (when such things happen, it affects the collection in the theaters),’ concluded Madhur Bhandarkar.