December 14, 2016 8:10:33 pm
From viewers’ taste to the sensibilities of Indian cinema, things around him have undergone a drastic change, but filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya seems to be stuck in time.
Whether it is the 1995 blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Kaun or last year’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, the director hasn’t gone beyond the concept of ‘good, happy families and grand weddings’ and Sooraj admits his stories haven’t shown much growth.
He, however, also says that the core of his films will always remain the centuries-old Indian value system as he feels there should be someone to show the goodness in today’s times.
“Many people tell me I haven’t moved ahead with times and I don’t deny that. But as a filmmaker and having made so many films, I feel a commitment that someone has to make movies about these values. Honestly, this is my battle that I want to strike a balance between the people who criticise me and those who want to see such movies,” the director told indianexpress.com in an interview.
Sooraj says he realises that over the years his films have lost their appeal among the youth.
“It is our effort that every time we say something, we are able to do in a manner that is understood by the youth but these values are also important,” he says.
His son wants to be a filmmaker and the ace director feels perhaps he will bring a change at Rajshri Productions.
As a filmmaker, Sooraj might take time to bring more realistic stories on screen, but he is taking a big leap on television with his new production, Ek Shringaar Swabhimaan.
The show is about a woman, whose aim in life is to get her two daughters educated, make them independent, and raise them in a manner that they don’t compromise on their individualities because of societal or family pressure.
That’s a departure from the female characters previously seen in Rajshri films or shows, where their prominence came from the fact that their parents tried to get them married.
Sooraj says that the definition of a woman has changed and it is high time it reflected in his stories too.
“The women that you will now see in my films and shows will be very different from what we have done before. I always wanted a woman, who was ideal but now the definition of ideal hasn’t changed. So, there will be fresh characters in our productions like we have in Swabhimaan,” he says.
Another refreshing change that Swabhimaan aims to show is that a woman should not be asked to make a choice between career and marriage.
“The show comes from a personal space. A friend had to go through this ordeal where his daughter was asked to give up her job for marriage. He asked me what should he do and I didn’t have an answer. But then I thought that why should a woman be asked to make a choice? Why can’t the families accept her choice? A guy is never asked to make such a choice,” Sooraj says.
He adds, “Also, when a woman expresses her desire to meet multiple guys before taking her decision to marry we call that arrogance but a guy is free to meet as many girls as he wants. We have addressed these things on the show.”
Swabhimaan stars Prachi Shah, Ankita Sharma and Sangeeta Chauhan in the lead roles. It will air on Colors.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.