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Exclusive: Indoo Ki Jawani director Abir Sengupta speaks on getting positive reception after Kiara Advani starrer’s OTT release; says, “My heart was full”

en Bollywood News Exclusive: Indoo Ki Jawani director Abir Sengupta speaks on getting positive reception after Kiara Advani starrer’s OTT release; says, “My heart was full”

In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Hungama, Abir Sengputa spoke about the audiences’ reaction to films and the relevance of their box office collections.

Filmmaker Abir Sengupta is currently busy editing his upcoming directorial venture, Risky Romeo, featuring Sunny Singh and Kriti Kharbanda. This project marks his second directorial endeavour following the 2020 release of Indoo Ki Jawani, starring Kiara Advani. Though the film was released amid the strict restriction of the pandemic, it managed to leave an impression on a section of moviegoers.

EXCLUSIVE: Abir Sengupta discusses filming Risky Romeo post Indoo Ki Jawani setback: “There are many films which don't perform well”

Exclusive: Indoo Ki Jawani director Abir Sengupta speaks on getting positive reception after Kiara Advani starrer’s OTT release; says, “My heart was full”

In a recent conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Abir asserted, "My film Indoo Ki Jawani was amongst the first few films that dared to release in the theaters just after the first lockdown. But still amidst the pandemic in December 2020. It faced the impact of the pandemic that we were all living in and also there were a lot of restrictions in movie theaters. Not many wanted to step out of their houses for any kind of public gathering. Theaters had to go through a tough time. But a few months later, when the film was released on OTT, we received a tremendously good response. It was trending for weeks, I had people calling me and reaching out to me on social media after having watched the film, and my heart was full."

Speaking of the box-office performance, Abir said, "I don't care much because there are many films which don't perform well," Abir remarked. "For example, Mera Naam Joker did not perform at the box office, and even Andaz Apna Apna did not perform at the box office. But nowadays, in today's scenario, we see these films on television and we talk about them,” Abir said.  Explaining his take further, the filmmaker added, “It has everything to do with the honesty in the effort that you're putting in while making a film by telling a story. If you are honest about making the film the way you want it to make the film, it is irrespective of how people will take it or not."

When questioned about the audience's reception of his films, he highlighted the unpredictability of audience reactions. Recalling an incident from his early days as a filmmaker, he shared, "There was an incident that happened to me when I made my first film, which was a Bengali film. And I was standing outside the theatres and people were walking out after watching the movie. And the gentleman who recognized me as a director of the film, and he just came to me and he told me that you know, I'm so happy you made this film. And I really liked the film and it's such a great take on schizophrenia and he walked away, and I wondered that there was no schizophrenic patient in the film."

Coming back to Risky Romeo, besides directing, Abir is also producing the film with Anushree Mehta under their banner Jaadugar Films in association with Priyanka Mehrotra and Rameshchandra Yadav of PR Motion Pictures.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: “Are Sunny Singh and Kriti Kharbanda a pair in Risky Romeo?” Director Abir Sengupta teases with details of their “retro” look; shares update on its release date


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