Difficult to tell a story keeping box office in mind: Mehra

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Mehra…Pursue your passion.

It is very difficult to tell a story just keeping the box office in mind, says Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.

“I think we have to pursue our passion, we have to pursue excellence, you have to be true to story-telling and true to the art of cinema. That is very important for me. I always believe that when a film goes out, it cannot be judged by just a Friday or just by numbers on that Friday,” the director added.

Mirzya is his upcoming  feature  starring Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in lead roles along with Om Puri, Art Malik, K.K. Raina, Anjali Patil and Anuj Chaudhary in pivotal roles. The film is scheduled to release on October 7. The film is inspired by the Punjabi folklore of ‘Mirza Sahiban’.

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Stressing the role of the director he says film makers  try and concentrate on writing and once that’s done they just put their heads down, execute it to the best of their abilities. “And the rest… well I hope the audience likes it when it goes out to the theatres. I have always enjoyed experimenting with the format of cinema, with the style of storytelling whether it’s Delhi 6, or Bhaag Milkha Bhaag or Rang De Basanti. Playing with various time zones with non-linear story telling rather than a straight forward line, well that keeps me on my toes and it’s always challenging”.

“So in Mirzya there is a narrator of the folklore, then there is the folklore and then we have actually the essence of the folklore as it echoes and lands on today’s time. And it’s a musical,” Mehra said.

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The director who has previously worked with well-known faces of Bollywood such as Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan is now launching fresh faces — Harshavardhan Kapoor, son of Anil Kapoor, and actress Saiyami Kher, niece of Tanvi Azmi. – CINEWS

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