National Award-winning filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj says his films have never worked at the box office. Asked about his way of dealing with failures, the filmmaker said at a panel discussion at the MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star here on Sunday that his films so far, haven’t minted money.
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“No film of mine has worked at the box office. They never made money… any of my films. ‘Haider’ just recovered money. Not even ‘Omkara’ I was told. But it doesn’t bother (me). I have chosen to make such kind of films. I don’t expect a big ‘dhamaka’. If it ever happens, I will probably introspect,” he said.
The movies might not have made it big in terms of money or profit, but his films have been honoured at various festivals. Made with Kashmir as its backdrop, Haider, starring Shahid Kapoor, won the People’s Choice Award in the Mondo Genere (world genre) at the ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival. It also won the prestigious National Film Award in 2015.
Which one was his toughest film? “‘Makdee’ was the toughest film. After I made the film, the children’s society rejected it and I had to release it on my own,” the director said about the 2002 film, which also received the National Film Award.
Besides being a filmmaker, Vishal also composes music. He has composed various memorable songs. He is currently working on his upcoming film Rangoon starring Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor.