Commercial cinema has killed independent movies: Rajat

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Mumbai: Actor Rajat Kapoor says mainstream cinema in the country has become so huge that it hardly gives any space for small independent films to have a good release.

The actor, who has featured in several off-beat films like “Bheja Fry”, “Phas Gaye Re Obama” and “Mithya”, says indie cinema was at it’s peak in the middle of 2000 post which commercial cinema took over completely.

“The high point of indie cinema was from 2003 to 2008.

That’s when we really saw revival of this kind of cinema.

Multiplexes were new at that point and that became our space, for our audience.

“Post 2008, there has been a resurgence of mainstream cinema. It has more or less killed everything else. What happens now is, a regular mainstream film comes out in 3000, 4000 screens, which doesn’t leave space for anything else,” Rajat told reporters.

The actor was speaking at the trailer launch of his upcoming “Mantra”. Set in 2004, in the midst of a nationwide ‘India Shining’ campaign, the film tells the intimate story of a family and its travails, and through it, the story of India post liberalisation.

The actor says it is sad that it requires a lot of struggle for filmmakers to get a proper release of independent films.

“The big struggle now, besides making the film, is getting it out there. That has become a struggle. The audience is responsible for it because they want to watch a big film with a big star. That hasn’t changed and will not.

“They don’t want to watch our films by paying money.

They will say ‘oh this film looks interesting let me download it.’ They don’t want to spend money to watch this. It may change eventually in ten years, hopefully,” the actor adds.

Directed by Nicholas Kharkongor, the film also stars Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Pandit among others. “Mantra” is scheduled to release on March 17.

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