Actors’ saleability gets priority over performance: Rasika Dugal

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Raskia Dugal..Only topmost stars have power to influence ticket sales

Film and stage actress Rasika Dugal who is presently working in Nandita Das’s Manto and an Indo-German movie feels that Bollywood is now making interesting indie films but it’s still tough for actors as saleability gets priority over performance.

Rasika who is active on stage with the popular play “The Vagina Monologues” feels her role in “Qissa” made a difference in how people approached her for work.

“The ‘saleability’ of actors, in my opinion, is just a perception. It might not have any basis in who can actually be a draw for someone to buy a ticket for a film. I think only the topmost stars have the power to influence actual ticket sales. For the rest, it’s about how the film is marketed and not really the actor,” she said adding that  more producers have to take the risk and pull it off.

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She believes that the distributors need to take more risks to enable a different kind of films to get respectable releases because audiences are ready for “far more than we have given them.”

Talking about her film “Qissa — which also featured Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome and Tisca Chopra could have been released better.

“I really feel that would have been the best thing that could have happened. But still, it has done a lot for me. It has been one of the most watched films that I have done, and people have nice things to say about it, still,” she said.

For now, Rasika is busy with “Manto”, a movie on the literary genius Saadat Hasan Manto. While Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Manto, Rasika features as his wife Safia. – CINEWS

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