Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has explored the uncharted territory of English movies with Broken Horses, and he says that he is not worried about getting an audience for the film. The 62-year-old director-producer, who is behind blockbusters like the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots and PK, said that he made the film as he took it as a challenge, and the thought of minting money never crossed his mind.
“It is a huge challenge. I don’t make a film keeping the audience in mind. If I do that, then it means I am making money for myself. Then I could have probably have made a 4 Idiots because my audience is ready, and I would have made another 200 crores. That has never driven me. I am a little bit like Rancho from 3 Idiots. What drives me is excellence and challenge, not money,” Chopra said.
Broken Horses, starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin Chris Marquette, among others is set to hit theatres April 10. Even before its release, Broken Horses has garnered widespread acclaim.
Chopra said that he finds all the accolades overwhelming. “It is actually unbelievable. It began in New York, I got a standing ovation. I had a screening in LA. Then I went to London. Then I came to India and they took me to Bangalore, where people said it was not a movie, but a revolution. It is all very overwhelming,” he said.
Chopra said that another reason he took up the difficult task of directing an American film was because he wanted to show Hollywood that even Indian filmmakers were capable of making films beyond the usual song-and-dance routine.
“That was a huge point I wanted to make. Bollywood is looked down upon by Hollywood, whether you like it or not. They think we do it over-the-top, with song and dance. They think we can’t do what they do. I wanted to show them that we can do something as good as them, if not better. That is what I was seeking,” Chopra said.
The filmmaker said that he is currently busy writing, and is also in talks with some major Hollywood studios.
“I take time to write. I am writing Hindi and I am writing English. There are some major studios who have shown interest in me. There is also a gentleman here who has written a book, and I want to see if we can make a script out of it,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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