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Milap Zaveri Interview: I do not believe that digital will overtake cinema

Director Milap Zaveri who is known for directing sex comedy films like Mastizaade and Kya Kool Hai Hum 3 is all set for his forthcoming Bollywood film Satyameva Jayate. The film featuring John Abraham, Aisha Sharma and Manoj Bajpayee is a commercial masala entertainer film. Satyameva Jayate is scheduled to release on the occasion of Independence Day.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, director Milap Zaveri speaks to us.

Q: What is your take on Satyameva Jayate clashing with Gold at the Box-Office?
I think there is enough space for the two films to do well. Gold is a sports drama and Satyameva Jayate is a totally masala entertainer. So, both the films are absolutely different from each other and has its own audience. I also feel that the Independence Day week followed by weekend is the best time for two films to do well at the Box-Office.

Q: The trailer of the film looks quite massy. Was the intention to make Satyameva Jayate as a commercial film very early?
As a writer, I have written commercially successful films like Ek Villain and Shootout at Wadala. As a director, I was absolutely sure to present the film as a totally massy and commercial entertainer. The film has plenty of action sequences and punchlines along with a strong message to the viewers. The film propagates a strong message of being against corruption and wrong things along with providing an entertainment value.

Q: Tell us something about the casting of John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee?
I finished writing the script and narrated it to Monisha Advani who is one of the producers of the film. I even got in touch with Rohit Dhawan who is a dear friend of mine and we managed to somehow fix up a meeting with John Abraham. I narrated the script to John and he agreed to be on board within 48 hours. Manoj Bajpayee too gave his nod for the film as soon as I finished the narration of the script.

Q: Tell us something about the title of the film?
I initially wanted the title of the film as ‘Raakh’. Bhushan Kumar felt that it would be too dark and the film is in a commercial and masala space. So, we kept the title as Satyameva Jayate. You will have to watch the film because it is an extremely apt title because of the several plot twists in the film.

Q: Did you had any plans to present the idea of Satyameva Jayate on a digital platform?
Yes, I was about to present the idea of the film as a web series. I discussed the idea with my filmmaker friends and was advised to make it as a feature film. I then sat down and wrote it as a feature film which is in a commercial space.

Q: You are known for directing sex comedy films like Mastizaade and Kya Kool Hai Hum 3. Will we see you directing more such films in future?
I think I am done with that genre. I am creatively exhausted in that space. In the year 2016, we had three adult comedy films which was quite ridiculous. Post two years, a film like Veere Di Wedding which is somewhat in a similar zone worked very well at the Box-Office. So, I feel that the rejection of Mastizaade was an indication from the audience that they wouldn’t like to watch a film like that. As a creative person, I feel exhausted in such a genre because I have reached a particular limit for the kind of content which can be depicted in a film. It just cannot go beyond the censorship rules and laws.

Q: What is your take on the digital platform. Will it over power cinema?
I do not believe that digital platform will overtake cinema. 2018 has been a brilliant year and we have had blockbuster films at the Box-Office every month. The digital platform is at the peak currently and we still have the audience flocking to the cinema halls. I also feel that the movie watching experience in a cinema hall is at an altogether different level than that of a mobile phone or television. A film like Padmaavat or a Baahubali can be best enjoyed in a cinema hall.

Q: Any upcoming projects post Satyameva Jayate?
I have signed a contract with Nikhil Advani’s company. If everything goes well, there could be hopefully some announcement very soon.


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