With audiences getting more aware of social issues, filmmakers are more responsible for the stories they tell.
Filmmaker Luv Ranjan, who is currently enjoying the success of De De Pyaar De, has often been accused of making misogynistic films. He has had a successful run at the box office with films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, to name a few.
In response to the accusations, he said, “A lot of people say my films are misogynistic, but I don’t believe it. Either you are saying all women in the world are nice, or you are saying it is possible.”
With audiences getting more aware of social issues, filmmakers are more responsible for the stories they tell. But in spite of this, Ranjan says he would still make a film like Pyaar Ka Punchnama. “My whole point is that I didn’t think as much while making the film, as the audience did while watching. I wanted to make a sequel to the film from a female perspective, but a lot of people don’t understand the practicality of cinema,” he said.
He added that after Pyaar Ka Punchnama, he made a female-oriented film named Aakash Vani, which did not work. “I had to make myself relevant and feasible as a filmmaker again, it is very important in the film industry. A lot of time people don’t understand what the reality is, but they start judging the filmmaker according to the film,” he added.
Not only is Ranjan a filmmaker, he is also the man who discovered Kartik Aaryan. And while many believe that actors change after attaining stardom, Ranjan is not one of them.
“It’s the same,” he said, adding, “It’s a misconception that he is a star because of me. Nobody is a star because of anyone. I was a new director when I cast him, so I must have seen something in him. I was not doing any favours. People say actors change once they become stars, but it’s wrong. People don’t change, it’s always you who changes.”
Ranjan went on to add that it is the attitude towards people that changes when they attain success. “He (Kartik) is doing a lot more work; he has a lot more commitments. You can say that the man has changed when he meets you differently. If we are meeting the same way, you can’t have the same set of rules which applied two years ago,” he said.