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Faraaz producer Anubhav Singha: Films are works of art, not money-making machines

The National Award-winning filmmaker says that the general discourse of film as a business has to change

Faraaz producer Anubhav Singha: Films are works of art, not money-making machines
Anubhav Sinha

Last Updated: 09.00 PM, Feb 06, 2023


Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha has collaborated with his long-time friend, film director Hansal Mehta for Faraaz. The film, that released in theatres last week, has received a positive response from audiences because of its intense and hard-hitting story.

The makers recently released a video of Anubhav and Hansal having a conversation. It is interesting to note in the video that Anubhav emphasises on treating a film as a work of art and not a machine that earns money and fulfills the demand of the box office.

Highlighting the changing nature of the business, Anubhav said, "People think that cinema is a business and not an art form. The focus should be on making films. Some will do good, and some won’t. The general discourse of a film as a business has to change."

He added that the whole idea of a 'weekend film' has to change. "Weekend movies are no longer an option. We are not making weekend films," said the filmmaker, who is known for being associated with films like Mulk, Article 15, Thappad and Anek. He has also produced the upcoming Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar-starrer Afwaah.

Faraaz is directed by Hansal Mehta, who has made critically-acclaimed films like Shahid, CityLights, Aligarh and Omerta. He ventured into the OTT space with the hit web series Scam 1992, starring Pratik Gandhi.

Faraaz is based on a real-life terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is the untold story of a young boy who stood tall during some of the darkest hours. The film stars Zahan Kapoor, Aditya Rawal, Juhi Babbar, Aamir Ali, Sachin Lalwani, Pallak Lalwani, and Reshham Sahaani. 

The film released on February 3 in theatres, with limited shows across 100 screens.

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