India’s leading actor Farhan Akhtar, who stars in the soon-to-be-released film “Toofaan,” said Bollywood seemed to be starting to emerge from the shadows of its signature song and dance offerings. According to him, Indian films are now turning to strong story-driven content to broaden their appeal to a global audience.
Bollywood has long been known for its glittering music scene, exotic shooting locations, and a sprinkling of big stars to drive fans into movie theaters. But Indian films are now starting to change, with filmmakers and actors like Farhan Akhtar at the forefront of leading the way.
Akhtar says, “I think there will be a healthy mix of films that also feature song and dance. But I don’t think we should think of it as something to do with culture, that that’s what defines our films. It shouldn’t be. what should define our films are the stories that show the world or society what and who we are. That is what defines us.”
The 47-year-old actor’s upcoming film is “Toofaan”, a sports drama film slated for release on Amazon Prime on July 16. Platform global reach over-the-top (OTT), a live service via the internet, has reshaped Bollywood, where a compelling storyline, instead of the traditional song and dance formulas, is prioritized to attract more audiences, Akhtar said in an interview with Reuters.
“In OTT, the only thing that matters is the content and now you realize that your show or film can reach anyone in the world who may not understand Indian films or the ethos of Indian films. But they come only to see good content, then they will become viewers of your film.”
Akhtar reunites with director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for the film “Toofaan”. He said the sports drama was about the journey of a street brawler who turned into a champion boxer. Akhtar said the film is expected to entertain many people in these difficult times.
“I feel like we’re going through very painful times where there seems to be so much anger, anger, misunderstanding. So somehow finding a film that can see more of that, and trying to put some sort of calmness on it, can make people feel hopeful, inspired. , and also feel positive. That’s what this film is really trying to do,” he explained. [uh/ab]