12:11 PM IST - Thursday September 18, 2014

Movies don’t work because of trends: Parvin Dabbas

New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) Boy bonding is in and bromance is the new buzzword with films like “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, “Delhi Belly” and “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” making a mark at the box office. Actor Parvin Dabbas’s directorial debut “Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande” also centres on four boys, but he says firmly that he isn’t the one to follow any trend.

“I have not tried to follow the trend. These two, three films released recently, and I wrote my film much before these films came. Films don’t do well because of trends. Films do well if there’s something interesting for the audience to see,” Parvin told IANS.

“You might get interested in a film due to a trend, but if you see it and don’t like it, you’re not going to talk good about it. You’ll trash it on Twitter and Facebook and in front of your friends! Word of mouth is very quick…so how well a film does doesn’t depend upon trends. This is a mistake a lot of people do…they think ‘This kind of film is working well, so let’s go with it’. But I don’t think I would ever think like that,” he added.

The model-turned-actor and his actress wife Preeti Jhangiani have launched the uniquely named production company Very Fishy Films.

“Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande”, an action comedy written and directed by Parvin himself, is the first project under their banner. It releases Friday.

“The title of our company shows our interest of loving being underwater,” said Parvin, a certified scuba diver and underwater photographer.

“The title also suggests that maybe we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we do take our work very seriously. As filmmakers, we hope to make different kinds of cinema. It’s not that we are trying too hard to maintain variety, and neither is it a business decision. It’s just a creative decision,” he added.

Parvin, known for his eclectic choice of roles in films such as “Monsoon Wedding”, “Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara” and “Khosla Ka Ghosla”, said he didn’t want to tie up with any corporate house for his first movie.

“I just made a film the way I wanted to, and this is why I didn’t want to connect with some production house. I wanted to make my first production film exactly how I wanted to make it, so that people know that this is my vision. I wanted to make it without any compromises.

“I didn’t want anyone to interfere and say that ‘This is how this should be made’, or ‘This is who should be cast’. I don’t really care about all that… I like to do it my way, but involving everybody from the cast and crew,” said the 37-year-old.

An alumnus of Delhi University’s Hans Raj College, Parvin had writing and direction on his mind even at the time of his first full-fledged film “Monsoon Wedding” in 2001.

“I was thinking about diversifying even at the time of ‘Monsoon Wedding’. I am glad that a lot of people are diversifying into other things. I wish them all the best. But I am not worried about them. To each, his own! It’s not competition.

“If you make a good film, you do well…But you don’t make a film thinking that there is a certain film it’s going to compete with. You just make a film, and let the audience decide…that’s just what I am going to do,” he said.

Post “Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande”, Parvin hopes to take time off for his baby boy, who was born in April.

“I haven’t been able to give much time to my son. That’s why I want to take a month or two off after the release to be a good dad for sometime.”


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