After giving Indian cinema gem of movies like Mr. India, Bandit Queen, and Masoom, Shekhar Kapur wishes to achieve his dream in the international market. It is Shekhar Kapur’s “big dream” to make a film series on Hindu god, Krishna. In an interview, he talked about his upcoming India project. He, at first, said:
“I definitely want to make an Indian film, but I don’t want to talk about it too much.”
However, after talking a little bit about his upcoming Hollywood projects, he opened up and revealed details about his project. He said:
“It’s Krishna. It’s my big dream to make a series of films on the life of Krishna. In today’s context, the story of Krishna is really very important.”
Hoping for his project to come to surface soon, he furthermore added:
“Krishna is a lover, and he is a warrior, he’s eternal… Imagine to be able to tell teachings of the Bhagavad Gita… To put all of that together… That moment when Krishna is revealing his truth out to Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra when Arjun is unwilling to let go of the bow and arrow. To be able to put that on the screen will be incredible. Anyway, we will talk about that later.”
For those who follow him on Twitter, this wouldn’t come as a surprise to you considering that most of his tweets are about deity. According to old reports, Shekhar was planning a movie on the shortage of water supply in India, Paani, alongside Yash Raj Films. But that did not move forward because of lack of material. According to recent reports, he will make a Hollywood movie. He said:
“It’s happening… The project has not fallen through. It just didn’t get made with YRF for so many reasons… But the script is there, and the topic is so relevant. It has to get made.”
Kapur’s Elizabeth won the BAFTA Award, which made the western world to take Shekhar Kapur seriously. About his shift in Hollywood, he said:
“I just wanted to tell different stories. Now it’s changing in Indian cinema… But I remember when I went, everybody (here) was trying to tell those few limited stories that they could raise money for. I remember the money for ‘Bandit Queen’ didn’t come from India. So I went out.
“It gave me the opportunity to tell different stories. That wasn’t possible here, so I left. But I’ll come back.”
Pointing out the growth of platforms like Amazon and Netflix are changing the course of the game, he said:
“Some years ago, I started an internet company called Qyuki based on the absolute certainty that the business is going to change. And the business has changed the world over. It’s all going to go digital. Theatre business is going to be a very special segment.”
Furthermore, he added:
“And we (in India) have a very interesting business plan — we have only about 9,000 or 11,000 screens in India. How long can you go on making films for those screens in (majorly) four languages? How can you do that? It’s a wrong business plan.
“But, if you look at smartphones, there are about 800 million…. So which platforms are you going to make films for.”
Stressing on the weight of good content, he said:
“Everybody here is just trying to make films for 11,000 screens.”
Furthermore, he added:
“The business plan has to go that way. The business and economics are changing, and people need to get a little more aware of it.
“People keep talking about the great rise of Indian cinema. But actually, the great rise of Indian cinema will happen now that we understand that it’s not just the theatricals.”