Panaji, Nov 23 (IEEntertainment) The third day at the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) saw perhaps the busiest schedule of masterclass and panel discussions.
The highlight of the day, undoubtedly, was a session that most of the fans were eagerly waiting for – a panel discussion titled, ‘Konversation with the Kapoors’ moderated by Rumi Jaffery with Producer Boney Kapoor and his children, actors Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor. However, Arjun Kapoor couldn’t be present due to his commitments towards his upcoming film, Panipat.
The conversation began with Boney’s take on the film industry and the changes that he has seen over the years.
Boney said, “The current times are our film industry’s diamond era. There is much discipline in place unlike the earlier times. The business has become more streamlined. The reach of our films also has grown multifold. Earlier, we used to release our films across 50-60 screens in the country, in addition to maybe 10-15 screens outside the country. Now, for example, Thugs Of Hindostan was released across 7000 screens worldwide. I foresee Indian films being screened in almost 10,000 screens soon.” Boney, however, admitted that a shortage of good writers has been plaguing the industry for long, and continues to do so.
Soon, the spotlight was on Janhvi Kapoor who looked gorgeous dressed impeccably in a white gown. When asked on her observations in the industry and the changes from the current generation’s point of view, Jahnvi, without mincing her words, said, “The acting and storytelling of the films in the Golden Era were far ahead of the current times. We are stuck in the commercial trap; the freedom in storytelling was more before. Also, India has had a history of women oriented films across the years but never did we have this practice of stereotyping or giving tags to films, such as ‘female centric’ or ‘women oriented’, like we do now.”
Boney, whose real name is Achal Kapoor, went in flashback mode, trying to narrate how his and Anil Kapoor’s journey in films began. After acting together in a play in their college days, the brothers soon knew that only one of them could continue acting and the other could follow his passion behind the scenes. Boney being the older brother chose the latter. The producer of films such as Wanted, Tevar and many more blockbusters however admitted that he plans to don the director’ hat again soon.
Having a conversation with the Kapoor family without the mention of Sridevi is simply impossible, and the moderator did a fine job of broaching the topic with sensitivity. While acknowledging the void created by her absence, a teary eyed Boney in a voice choked with emotion said, “Nobody is as complete as her as an actor. It would have been nice to have her with us to see her receive the National Award.”
An articulate Jahnvi described the past year that has been a mixed bag of emotions – the year caused the irreversible demise of her mother Sridevi, and also marked her own debut in the film industry with the Hindi remake of Marathi blockbuster, Sairat.
Jahnvi said, “The year has been about tremendous personal growth. The worst and the best – both the things have happened to me in the past one year. But I’m extremely pleased with the fact that our family is complete now. About my mother’s loss – we are still in shock and haven’t been able to process it yet. But we are thankful for the love we have received. I just want to entertain you all and aspire to win your love.” The actress also recited a heartfelt poem penned down in the memory of her beloved mother.
Boney acknowledged that nothing makes him happier than to see his children come together as a family. The producer was overwhelmed with emotion, choking as he said this.
The young actress who will soon be seen in her next film, Takht, said she would love to act in a remake of the classic film Khamoshi starring Waheeda Rehman and Rajesh Khanna, for the sheer acting prowess displayed by Waheeda Rehman in the climax scene of the film. Takht is a period film starring Kareena Kapoor Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Anil Kapoor. The film is being produced by Karan Johar.