Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt attended the launch of author Archana Dhurandhar’s book, titled ‘The Soul Changer’ in Mumbai. At the event, Vikram interacted with the media where he shared his thoughts on the trend of biopics in Hindi Film Industry.
According to Vikram, the trend of biopics is a result of mob behavior and said if some biopics fail at the box office, the trend will end.
When asked on his views on the trend on making Biopics, Vikram said, “See… while making a biopic, you get a readymade story. It could have been written by someone or discussed in the public domain. There are some stories which people even don’t know about but still, they watch it. I have been directing films in Bollywood since the last 26, 27 years and before that, I was assistant director for 10 years. So in my journey, I have witnessed many mob behavior like this and (the) trend of the biopic is a result of mob behavior.”
Vikram added, “If a biopic works, people start making biopics. If comedy films work, then people start making comedy films and then if action films start working, they make action films. So it’s a phase and we have to see till how long this phase lasts. If 3, 4 films will fail, then this phase will come to an end.
Will you ever make a biopic?
“I can’t answer it in yes or no because it depends on whom it is being made, how it is being made and how close that story is to my heart,” he answered.
The director commented on the autobiography genre, said, “It interests me much lesser than any other books because I don’t feel that any autobiography can be completely true. I feel biographies are good, especially which are not sanctioned. I don’t have much belief in reading autobiographies because there you can manipulate the truth. There is a saying that if you say false things repeatedly, then it becomes the truth”.