Deepika says that though last year’s trend indicates that female-centric films were more successful, she believes that a film’s success depends on the script, not the star.
At the book launch of The Dot That Went For A Walk in Mumbai, Deepika Padukone said, “It is nice for us to say ‘women-centric’ or ‘female-centric’ when we are at a podium like this. But when it comes to creativity, we have to look beyond male and female if the film didn’t work.”
Speaking of the Khans and their films this year which received poor reviews; Shah Rukh’s Zero, Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan, Salman’s Race 3, Deeps responded, “It is different when you say that the Khans’ films didn’t work, but say a film like Andhadhun, that was led by Ayushmann (Khurrana), worked. So, it really boils down to the script itself.”
“But yes, I see a trend that films led by women are doing much better. Also, we are in a place today where directors are changing roles, and that was unheard of. You have a script which has a male protagonist, then suddenly directors are like ‘wait, let me just flip that, let me make that a female protagonist and then go to so and so with the film’. So, you hear of a film that was offered to male actors two-three years ago, and it is coming back to you now with a female protagonist. It is a huge achievement.”
The star added that audiences now only have a “pulse” for content-driven work, it’s no longer about a big star on the poster.
“But as a creative person, I would not like to make a distinction like male-led, female-led and all of that. I would just say that great content is what is really working right now, and the audience is ready for that (a type of content). It doesn’t matter today who is in the movie. It really depends on the kind of story that is being told and how well the director is telling that story. All these factors, I think, are playing a very important role in the success of these films.”
The 33-year-old continued, “No one can blindly say that just because so and so is in the film, let’s go and watch it. I think 2018 has made that clear. The audience has that pulse right from the poster to the promo. They know instantly from the first trailer that goes out, whether they want to go and watch that film or not. Of course, then there are films that may not be sort of trending right from the start, but once they release and over the weekend, the word of mouth helps elevate the film. But yes, gone are the days when you have a big star on a film poster and that film worked.”