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Audience is now bored of fantasy films: Farhan

Mumbai: Bollywood's multi-faceted talent Farhan Akhtar, who is looking forward to the release of his next movie Lucknow Central – about a music band of prisoners – feels the Indian audience has evolved from fantasy films to stories which are about real issues and are inspired from their surroundings. Having made his directorial debut with Dil Chahta Hai in 2001, Farhan has spent a long time in the film industry dabbling in direction, production, writing, acting and even singing.

Talking about the evolution of story telling in Indian cinema over the years, Farhan said in a statement: "I believe things in the film industry... the stories that are presented, what the audience likes to see, follow a cyclic format which even has an evolution. And it's a good thing that our audience, writers, and producers want to talk about our people, they want us to talk about our issues. A few years ago, it was the age of NRIs, love stories were very popular. Everyone was eager to witness the presentation of romance and the world of fantasies was blooming. Maybe the audience is now bored of fantasies to some extent and they want to learn about themselves now, share our issues with each other."
Farhan, son of veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, has himself directed movies like Lakshya, Don: The Chase Begins and Don 2. He believes in the present times, when content driven cinema is ruling the roost, a lot of stories rooted in the Indian ethos are seeing the light of the day. "The evolution of story telling or any industry is a gradual process and doesn't take place overnight. I think at this moment, the film industry has started feeling that there is a scarcity of ideas, so people will enter in the film industry from (different) places. There was a time when a lot of people entered the industry from Delhi... Actors, directors and writers, so a lot of film over the stretch of two to three years were based in Delhi, some three or four years ago. At a given time, almost 15 films were being shot in Delhi.
"So maybe people are now bored with stories from Delhi, and they are looking to other places. This is what is following... writers are coming in from other states with fresh ideas.

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