Although critics have not been kind to ‘Tevar‘, debutant director Amit Sharma believes that audience is the king.
Ques: Don’t you feel that making your debut with a remake of a hit Telugu film Okkadu is more difficult as comparisons are bound to happen?
Amit Sharma: I have not treated the film as a remake at all.
Ques: At the beginning, I was very clear and had told my producers that we shall not treat Tevar as a remake of Okkadu. I have made several changes to the screenplay of the film and tried to keep it as real as possible In fact, even the action looks very real. The issues that the film takes up are also real, and the audience been able to relate with the characters. Another reason, why I decided to make this film is because, I was impressed by that one line: ‘Ordinary people in extraordinary situations’.
Ques: Since the film was shot in several cities, what were the challenges that you faced while shooting it?
Amit Sharma: It was not easy to shoot in real locations with actors like Arjun (Kapoor), Sonakshi (Sinha), Manoj (Bajpayee). We had shot in nine cities—Agra, Mathura, Indore, Maheshwar, Delhi, Mumbai, Pandharpur, Sambhar and Akluj. Since the film was shot in sync sound, we had to also make sure that there was no noise around while shooting.
Ques: The critics have not been too kind in their opinion of Tevar.
Amit Sharma: It is a very subjective opinion. Some people have said good things, while others have criticised it. I am encouraged by the negative response and the criticism. However, I would not have been able to make the film, if I had only thought about the critics opinion. Had I done that, it would have turned out to be a very different film, because we tend to intellectualise everything.
Filmmaking is a very intense procedure. There is a lot of hard work that goes into making it. The actors, producers, director, the cinematographer and the entire unit is completely involved in its making. So, when the film is trashed, it is very disheartening. My suggestion, would be that the critics opinion should be published a week after the film’s release, so that people are not influenced by the reviews. Although, their opinion matters, I think we should take cognisance of the audiences’ view and write about their reactions.
Hum film aam public ke liye banate hai.
I had visited several theatres and got genuine response from people watching the film. After all, the public apna karta dharta hai, unse jo response aa raha hai, is what matters. They were laughing, hooting, whistling and clapping at the right point.
Ques: How did the film fare at the box-office?
Amit Sharma: The business aspect is not my cup of tea. That is the producer’s space which I do not want to get into.
Ques: What are your future projects? Will you also be directing Boney Kapoor’s next?
Amit Sharma: Boney Kapoor is an excellent producer, and I would love to work with him again. I am looking forward to my next project with as much enthusiasm. I am not sure about the genre, but if the script requires action, it will be an action film.
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