Adil Hussain bats for content-driven films, says workshops needed for film distributors

In Dharamsala to present Mukti Bhawan, Hussain said content-driven films without a big face don't get as much help from distributors.

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Critically acclaimed actor Adil Hussain says when it comes to promoting and distributing content-driven films, distributors in India too need workshops.

In Dharamsala to present Mukti Bhawan, a film set in Varanasi and dealing with individuals looking for salvation after death, Hussain said content-driven films without a big face don't get as much help from distributors.

"Distributors do need workshops. Look at film like Sairat. Imagine. Who knew the two actors? It was made in Rs4 crore or something, but made Rs100 crore. That is the best business model you can have. In spite of witnessing all this, they (the distributors) don't understand," Hussain told IANS here on the sidelines of Dharamshala International Film Festival 2017.

"You have to have a good film in order to earn money. But you are spending Rs50-100 crore on a film and it flops. It's such a bad business model. Are you not intelligent enough to see that it is not working anymore. They need workshops," he added.

About the contemporary sentiment that "content is the hero", Hussain says that would be the ideal situation.

"Content is not really the hero. It should (be) and that is the ideal situation... it is happening but it is like a drop in the ocean. Distributors want a big name no matter what the content is, so how can they still say that content is the hero?

"Even though the content is great and the director wanted to put another actor, he has no choice but to put that big face because the distributor would not buy it (otherwise)," said the Parched actor.

"And big names means those who have spent enough money on PR. How does one become a big name... there is a game. You have to pay Rs1 lakh a month to the PR agency be always in the news, on first page. Because I am on the news, producers hire me and then even when the film will flop you are in the news," added Hussain, who has acted in English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Norwegian and French films.

Hussain says he does not do this on principle. "If I am newsworthy, then I should be in the news. Otherwise if I am newsworthy yet not in the news, then that means there is something wrong with the news platform."

Hussain, who will next be seen in 2.0 and Aiyaary, will be going off movies from May 2018 to May 2019 to concentrate on theatre.

The sixth edition of the four-day Dharamshala International Film Festival began on Thursday.