Siddharth Roy Kapur shares his cinematic journey at IIFTC – Planet Bollywood
During a fireside chat during the India International Film Tourism Conclave 2022, producer Siddharth Roy Kapur gave his mantra of success to a discerning audience of twenty countries who came to present their locations to Indian filmmakers – “Follow your instinct”.
In a chat with Mikael Svensson, head of the South Swedish Film Commission and co-chairman of the European Film Commission Network, the founder and managing director of Roy Kapur Films said he had always been in love with the story before deciding to produce it. Commenting on the occasion, he said: “When we decided to produce Rang De Basanti in 2005, many people warned us that the film might not do well because in the end the cast dies, but we followed our instinct. The film’s success paved the way for many more such projects and newcomers to the industry. Ronni Screwvala has backed talent whose stories we loved, regardless of what market or trade pundits might think.
Responding to a question from Mikael about his favorite film as a producer, Siddharth answered “The Last Film Show” without batting an eyelid. Continuing the conversation, he said, “The last movie is one of my favorite movies because it makes viewers fall in love with cinemas. An Indian Oscar is long overdue and we are all keeping our fingers crossed. We Indians have a particular grammar in our films unlike the others, namely the song and dance sequences. A lot of people might not like them, but I’m sure they should survive. Our country has room for international cinema, regional cinema and Hindi language cinema – due to large audience size and large Indian Diaspora spread across the world, whenever we start a film, it is mainly the Indian audience that we keep in mind.
Commenting on the South Indian film industry, Siddharth said, “South Indian cinema is experiencing its moment of renaissance. The public began to accept and appreciate these films. On what is behind choosing a location for the film, the 48-year-old filmmaker said: “As filmmakers we want to be faithful to the script and therefore prefer to shoot on the actual locations as in the script. . However, budget sometimes plays a role and if we get something that doesn’t look like a forced fit and is still within our budgets, then we select that location. Mikael also told the audience a lesser known fact about the former President of Producers Guild of India. He loved performing in school and college and was the head of his college’s Dramatics Society. Siddharth said with a laugh, “Producers act all the time. I loved acting in school and college, but being a professional actor is different. I realized the differences early on and became a producer because I think it suited me more as a person.
The evening was the second day of the 3-day film tourism mega event featuring over 50 international companies from over 20 countries coming to Bollywood, Mumbai to woo Indian filmmakers. The event saw the participation of countries such as Azerbaijan, Abu Dhabi, Krakow, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Norway, Oman, Panama, Poland, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Yas Island for to name a few.