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Pooja Bhatt on boycott culture: ‘It cannot stop a good film from working’

Aakruti Bagla | Mumbai

 Actress Pooja Bhatt who made her OTT debut with Bombay Begums is all set to return to the big screens after a hiatus of 10 years with R Balki’s Chup: The revenge of Artist. Ahead of the release of the film, the actress shared how Bombay Begums provoked her to take on more projects and the dry spell in Bollywood.

On the desire to act more post-Bombay Begums

Her series Bombay Begums received an overwhelming response. Talking about if, it reignited the urge in her to act more, the actress said, “It’s not glowing reviews, it was during a scene of mine the director suggested close-up shot. I have been a filmmaker. And I am a realistic astute woman. I am aware of the fact that, anywhere in the world, the older the woman gets, the further the camera goes. Because people do not have problems with ageing men but they have issues with ageing women. Here is a filmmaker who is coming closer, which is very liberating for a woman. Because people first perceive you in regards to how you look.”

On a dry spell in Bollywood

Talking about the current phase in Bollywood and highlighting Boycott culture, the actress quipped, “It’s expensive to go to a theatre today and watching a movie is not the priority for families today. Because if they are spending that money, they need bang for their buck. On the whole, it’s a combination of an economic slump with average content.”

She further added, “If the movie is good, it will find its takers. I don’t think any criticism or boycott or any other thing can stop a good film from working. And it cannot make a bad film work. The point is it’s a bad phase for entertainment globally.”

About Chup: The revenge of Artist

It is an R Balki thriller based on the revenge of a filmmaker on the critics that review his film. The psychological thriller also starring Sunny Deol, Dulquer Salmaan, and Shreya Dhanwanthary in the lead.

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