Vikramaditya Motwane: ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’ is Born Out of My Personal Experiencesby Opinion Express June 4, 2018 0 comments
Vikramaditya Motwane, director of bollywood movies: Lootera and Trapped in his kitty, talks to the reporter Sangeeta Yadav about how his recent film ‘Bhavesh Joshi Superhero’. He said that the movie is born out of his personal experiences and is an attempt to give a superhero to Hollywood.
He is like any other common man living a carefree life with his friends but somewhere deep down in his heart lies a desire to do the right thing. Bothered by the ills of the society, Bhavesh Joshi takes charge to be a changemaker. A reel-life vigilante superhero was born out of the personal experiences of director Vikramaditya Motwane who himself faced problems that a big city throws at you.
“The movie is based on real emotions. I had a bad experience when I went to renew my passport. I had to run around for two months. This made me very angry. It is the people who make or break the city. I have grown up in Mumbai and have a love-hate relationship. Love because it is the place of my birth and my family is here; hate because I don’t like how the city is abused by the people here. You see no love left here. There is a lot of anger and people fight over petty issues. If the Government doesn’t do its job then the citizens have to do it. It all starts with civic responsibility like not littering or urinating in the open. It starts with planting a tree and keeping the area clean. One has to start at grassroot. When I was scripting the film, a lot of frustration came out. With the power of cinema that reaches out to the masses, I thought why not create a fictional fantasy film. What if I took a mask and went on do the right thing?” Motwane asks and created a superhero.
From Shehensha, Shaktiman, Mr India to Krrish and RaOne, Bollywood has in the past tried to create an Indian superhero but this one is different. and Motwane prefers to call it a vigilante superhero film, he opines that the genre is an interesting space as there is scope for innovative stories to come to fore, a space which has not been explored much. A great fan of Superman and Batman, Motwane tries to give this film a reflection of superhero comics.
“I am very inspired by Batman and Superman. They have been my heroes since I was a child. Yes, there is a reflection of a comic book here yet it is different. Bhavesh Joshi is one of the cottage industry vigilante who doesn’t have superpowers or money but wants to contribute. How he goes about it is what the film is all about.
“Though he doesn’t have any superhero powers, it is his heroism that makes him a superhero, an ordinary person doing extraordinary things,” Motwane adds.
To begin with Imran Khan and Siddharth Malhotra were considered to play the lead but later, Motwane roped in Harshvardhan Kapoor who plays Siku, a vigilante who fights corruption and take revenge of his friend’s death.
“I was initially making this film with Imran Khan and Sidharth Malhotra but it didn’t work out with them. Eventually, Harsh came on board. He is earnest and sincere with his work. This film is about a person who finds his calling in doing the right thing, in that sense Harsh fit the bill,” Motwane shares.
The film, Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, was a work in progress for almost six years. It took multiple drafts to finalise the mask alone. “I had been working on the script for five to six years and contemplated for hours on end whether to go with a small mask or a face eye mask. After seven-eight drafts, I liked the LED mask and locked on it,” Motwane says.
With a reflection of personal observation and experience in his films, Motwane ensures that he doesn’t make this superhero movie preachy but a fun-filled entertainer.
“The attempt has been to make an out-and-out commercial film and yet try to achieve the emotional connect with the audience. Like my first film Udaan, which is close to my heart since it is based on my life. When people saw it, they felt the emotional connect. Sometimes the experience that you are trying to give to the audience through your film needs to be a little more than an average film. That is what I try to do. Sometimes people like it and the film stays with them. Some don’t like it and walk out. That’s fine as well,” Motwane says.
Writer: Sangeeta Yadav
Courtesy: The Pioneer