Box office collection is not the right parameter to declare a film is good, says filmmaker Shyam Benegal, known for his masterpieces such as Ankur and Mandi.
“Popularity does not indicate that a film is good. It just shows that it is popular. It does not indicate anything else,” Benegal said on Thursday at a press conference to launch a month-long festival dedicated to his films on Zee Classic.
Benegal is at present helming a 10-part mini series titled The Story of the Making of the Constitution of India — Samvidhaan, based on the Indian constitution. The filmmaker said through his movies he doesn’t want to target only the present because he believes that a film is an important piece of historical information for everyone.
“The constitution is the Bible, which we live by. This is why I decided to make it,” he said, while adding that a film’s objective is decided by its director.
“What he [director] wants from the film is very important. If he wants popular success at the cost of everything, then he will make a certain kind of film.”
Known for working with seasoned actors such as Shabana Azmi, Smita Patil, Benegal regards stars as “magnets” who can pull the audience to the theatres.
“Dyslexia, a subject shown in Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par, might not have many films made on it. But it worked when a well-known star acted and presented it,” said the National Award winner. He also said that not all stars use their image to promote such subjects through their films.