Director Neeraj Ghaywan says the condescending attitude of independent filmmakers towards commercial cinema should be done away with as it reflects snobbery.
The director of Masaan cited the example of filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do and said, many indie directors targeted her for telling an “elitist” story.
“I would like to say this on behalf of the independent world that I belong to, is that the arrogance of ours should be thought about. I saw how people went daggers at Zoya (Akhtar) for making Dil Dhadakne Do. But that’s the world she has seen.
“She was blamed to be elitist. That’s real snobbery then. ‘Oh you show only poor India only then your cinema is good’. No. She knows that world so much and there is genuine craft in the storytelling,” Neeraj said.
The director believes off-beat filmmakers often glorify cinema made with a lot of hardships and hail movies which tackle “issues.”
Neeraj says a film’s setting could be anything - even an urban rich world, but as long as it is telling a good story, nothing else should matter.