Will content emerge to be the King on 2nd October this year?
It is going to be trial of truth again this year on October 2. One can say that, when an out and out commercial film like ‘Singh is Bling’ is all set to compete with ‘Talvar’, which is a content driven film starring powerful actors like Irrfan Khan, Konkana Sen Sharma and Neeraj Kabi backed by names like Meghna Gulzar (Director) and Vishal Bharadwaj (Producer and Writer).
Talvar is a film based on the Aarushi Talwar murder case, which is probably the most controversial case in India. On the other hand, Singh Is Bling is typical commercial film starring Akshay Kumar. It is interesting to know that last year on October 2, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider released along with Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang. The former went on to get critical appreciation and also shined at the box office. This year is also crucial for Vishal as he is the producer and writer of Talvar.
Distributor and exhibitor Rajesh Thadani said, ” The two films belong to different genres and have separate audiences. Of course, Talvar has an edge because Vishal Bhardwaj’s name is associated with it.’’
Another industry observer said, “Surprisingly for the second time in a row October 2, is having a clash of content and commerce. Talvar is pitted against a much bigger film Singh Is Bling, very much like the Haider and Bang Bang contest of last year. The appeal and the audience of these two films are completely different but increasingly good content films are scoring even at the box office now.”
Talvar may not have a star value but it seems promising. It remains to be seen though which film wins the race in spirit. “Last year, Haider scored a moral victory over Bang Bang,” opined an industry observer.
Talvar, after doing rounds of film festivals in Toronto, London and Busan, will be releasing in India on 2nd October, 2015.