In February this year, the Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, and Siddhant Chaturvedi starrer Gehraiyaan turned a year old. Released on Amazon Prime Video, the Shakun Batra directorial received polarising reviews. Speaking on the same note, Shakun opened up on his learnings from the noir romantic drama while shedding light on the aspects that he might change if it was released in theatres.
Shakun Batra comments on Gehraiyaan getting polarising reviews; says, “I have to accept the views in totality”
It all happened during his interaction with Indian Express, where the portal asked the filmmaker if Gehraiyaan would be any different if it was released theatrically. In response, Batra asserted, “It wouldn’t be different because of that reason; it would be different because of how I view it may be now. Just purely from a storytelling point of view, how I would tell it, the tone of it. But I wouldn’t change that so much because of the numbers. I mean, it went to OTT so there is no box office attached, but I would change it for creative reasons, not for numbers.”
When asked what would be changed, Shakun explained, “Mostly the tone of it. It is tough to say it in a tangible, articulate way. But it is mostly tonally how I’d prepare the audience for what kind of film it was. That would not just change the film but also the marketing of how it was done. It was perceived as a certain kind of film and then it surprised people in not such a good way. I would prepare the audience differently, but at the same time tell the story differently, starting from the very beginning. So that when they arrive at the surprise, they would be a little more in for it, prepared for it.”
Commenting on the film receiving polarising reviews, he said, “I have to accept the views in totality. I can’t be like those who have written good things about the film are right people, those who have written bad things are wrong. I have to accept that a film is capable enough of creating both of these reactions. If I am taking the good that people are saying, I must also understand what they are saying when they don’t like it. That was for me new learning, which honestly helped me in my growth as a storyteller.
Concluding his point of view, he added, “As a filmmaker, I should take all kinds of reactions and now, knowing that all of this exists, how do I make something now and how should this awareness inform that?”
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