There is more creative freedom in liberation Tar on Netflix, says actor Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, who felt liberated not to have to censor scenes or think about the film’s box office numbers.
It would be the fourth Netflix outing for the actor, whose Bhavesh Joshi movies did well on the platform after a theatrical release while Ray and Ak vs Ak were released straight to the streaming platform.
“I don’t have this vanity that my films should be released in cinemas. I don’t take that… for me it’s not about me, it’s about the film and during my career, people will see that. I’m not involved in the approach,” Kapoor said ahead of Thar’s exit.
Son of Bollywood star Anil Kapoor, the actor works with his father in the film directed by debutant Raj Singh Chaudhary. The film also features Fatima Sana Shaikh, Satish Kaushik, Jitendra Joshi and Mukti Mohan.
“I think with this movie we’ve been more creatively liberated because you don’t have to think about the pressure of the day one issue, the selling out of satellites. There’s a decent amount of action, violence, a bit of sex, all those things… With Netflix, you have a little more latitude in terms of artistic expression.
“What’s on the screen is more or less exactly what’s on the page. It hasn’t been diluted in any way during this process. Citing the example of some of his father’s films, Kapoor has stated that while the box office may follow the rule of supply and demand, the true test of a film is time.
“The quality of a film is what stands the test of time. They’re two very different things, like if this theatrically released movie and the first three-day collection would have been good, then the trade would say, it’s a successful movie.
“But maybe people didn’t like the movie and they were there just because they were curious to see it, unlike other movies that come to theaters and aren’t able to immediate interest, the trade considers it a bad movie. I have a million examples like ‘Nayak’, ‘Lamhe’, ‘Pukar’, ‘Parinda’, and so many others. These are the movies people are talking about now. Kapoor, 31, got his start with Mirzya by Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra in 2018. Although the film did not do well, the actor gained notice for his performance. He followed his debut with films that avoided the definition of a typical Bollywood movie, which the actor called intentional on his part.
“There is a lot of spotlight (on my work) early on. It’s more because of the lineage than the fact that I’m a young actor. I don’t think I’m doing anything brave or courageous in making these choices. It’s just me doing it for myself,” he said.
“There will always be some kind of criticism, but I think it becomes less and less as people see each performance. But there’s always going to be a little bit of…until I probably do a mainstream movie that makes money, there’s always going to be a little bit of “oh, this is very specialized”, “this is very staff”. The actor said he was “secure” in his selection of films because he thinks he has a certain “taste and sensitivity” for films.
“I don’t think of anyone when I decide to do something, I only think of myself. Because I think that’s when you’re honest and you’re supposed to do things for yourself and people are supposed to like it by accident and not by design. Kapoor hopes Thar will reach more people than his other films because it has a bigger cast, scenery and visual appeal.
Inspired by the Western Noir genre, Thar is set in the 80s and traces the journey of Siddharth (Kapoor) through a remote village in Rajasthan that has recently been rocked by a series of violent murders.
According to Kapoor, the film is a brave attempt to build a visually detailed and layered new world into its narrative.
“There is a hidden meaning in everything, there are many nuances. In a film, the motivations are very clear, we know who is the protagonist or the antagonist, for whom to put down roots but here, it is open to interpretation and it is a kind of film that interests me.
“We don’t want to decide the audience, spoon-feed them, that’s enough done, it’s time to do new things and it (the story) depends on the viewer’s point of view,” he said. declared.
The actor said it was a challenge to have a producer on board for Thar as he is not a typical Bollywood performer.
Recalling the struggle to get a producer to back Thar, Kapoor said the film came to him in March 2018 and was originally supposed to be a theatrical release, but when Netflix arrived things changed.
“Three months before ‘Bhavesh Joshi’ was released, Raj met me, we spent a year and a half pitching it to different producers and working on the script simultaneously.
“We got one (producer) and also did a test shoot, but then… When you see the movie, you’ll realize it’s not a typical Bollywood Hindi format movie. With these films, it’s always difficult to align the producers and make them financially believe in the vision,” he said.
Thar, produced by Anil Kapoor Film Company (AKFC), will be released on May 6.