Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who
was last seen onscreen in “Padmaavat”, and is gearing up
for Meghna Gulzar’s film Chhapaak said that everything boils down to the
script itself for a film to work at the box office.
Deepika was addressing the media at the cover
launch of the book titled “The Dot That Went for a Walk” on
“I think it’s amazing and nice for us to
say that women-centric or female-centric films are working at a moment like
this when we are talking about female role models. Having said that, when it
comes to creativity, we need to look beyond female or male,” said the
One witnessed that female-driven films like
“Hichki”, “Tumhari Sulu”, “Raazi”,
“Piku” and many others did exceptional business at the box office
whereas films of big stars with big budgets bombed at the box office.
Deepika added that for her everything boils
down to a film script.
“It’s about the film. It’s a different
thing that the films that the ‘Khans’ did, didn’t work but there was film like
‘AndhaDun’ which was led by Ayushmann Khurrana that did wonder at the box
office so I think everything boils down to the script itself. But yes, I see a
trend where films that are being led by women are doing much better,” she
She also feels that filmmakers now are more
open to making female-driven films.
“We are in place today where directors
are changing roles and that’s unheard of. If you have script that has male
protagonist and suddenly directors are like, ‘Let me just flip that. Let me
just make that female protagonist and then go to so and so with the film’ so,
you hear of a film that was offered to a male actor two-three years ago and its
coming back to you now with a female protagonist which is a huge
achievement,” she said.
For the actress, the Indian audience has
evolved over the years.
“As a creative person, I would not like
to make this distinction of male-driven or female-driven film. I would just say
that great content is what is really working right now. I think a lot of that
has to do with the audience. They are ready for that. I don’t think it matters
anymore who is in the movie,” said Deepika.
“Now you can’t blindly say that so and so
is in the film, then let’s go and watch. I think year 2018 was clear indication
of that. Right from the promo, poster all of that, I think that the audience has
that pulse,” she added.
Deepika will be seen next in Meghna Gulzar’s
female-centric’ film titled “Chhapak” which is based on the life of
acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.