Posted: Posted Date – 12:47 PM, Mon – Feb 7, 22
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt launches production company Three Dimension Motion Pictures in a bid to bring back the golden age of heroism in the industry.
Sanjay cites the recent pan-Indian box office success of South Indian film “Pushpa” and the films of “Baahubali” filmmaker SS Rajamouli as examples of the larger-than-life heroism that is missing in Bollywood, variety.com reports.
“We’re trying to reclaim what we had, what South Indian movies are doing now,” Dutt told Variety.
“When we entered the film industry, we started with heroism, heroic roles, mass love and everything, and I saw that stop. And I’m trying to revive that.
Sanjay made his debut with “Rocky” in 1981, at a time when the leading men of mainstream Indian cinema were written as a full heroic ensemble. Today, this genre in the Hindi film industry has shrunk to a niche, or a “little hole” as Dutt describes it.
“What Denzel Washington, Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson are doing in Hollywood, I think there’s a little gap missing here. I’m trying to reclaim that gap, from a hero of this age, who can play and who can fight and who can stand up for their rights,” the actor said.
“The Golden Age – it just can’t die. Even if you look at Hollywood, it exists there, and in the South. I don’t know what happened to Bollywood. But that’s what we’re trying to reclaim – those days of heroism,” he added.
Three Dimension is preparing a slate that includes horror-comedy “The Virgin Tree,” which will be directed by Sidhaant Sachdev, who has experience in television, music video and assistance and will make his feature film debut , with a cast of four newcomers.
Principal photography begins in May.
The rest of the list is yet to be titled, but includes family drama, action movies with younger actors, and other action movies with a mature man as the hero.
“I won’t play in all of them, but in some of them,” says Dutt.
“I would like to relax as a producer, after 40 years in the industry – to be on the sets on the other side. It will be an experience for me, I have never been in this chair before. impatiently.”
While the Three Dimension slate also includes series for streaming platforms, the films are all intended for theatrical release. “I believe in the big screen – I know it can never be extinguished. “I know OTT (streaming) is a big part of cinema today. But I know the theaters will eventually open up and there will be movies just for theaters,” Dutt said.
The actor blames the vanished heroism of Bollywood squarely on the costumes.
“I feel like this whole corporate structure that is encroaching on our space in Bollywood has ruined everything.
“Because these guys who sit on the table and give money, have no right to interfere with the director for his creation, nor with the actors or to give their opinion on a content or a scenario , when [they] have no idea, when it’s none of their business,” the actor said.
“Their business is financing and that’s where the business stops. But once you start interfering with the script, the direction, the budgets and this and that, things get messy, and that’s why I think we lost a lot of good stuff during that time,” Dutt adds.
“Whereas in the South, this corporate structure does not exist. From the producer, to the director, to everyone involved in the crew, they are passionate about making great movies and that’s what has worked for them.
“And that went against us because that passion to make movies or that passion to do something big and work and play is gone. Which I think will come back. At least in my business, it will come back.
As an actor, Dutt has several films delayed due to Covid, including the historic “Prithviraj” alongside Akshay Kumar, the period action drama “Shamshera” with Ranbir Kapoor and the crime drama “ KGF: Chapter 2″, the sequel to the 2018 Kannada-language film that became an all-India blockbuster.
Dutt’s own life was colorful enough to be adapted as a Bollywood film. A popular actor from the 1980s to the present day, he has also gone through a period of drug addiction, endured multiple bereavements and overcome cancer.
From 1993 to 2016, Dutt was in and out of prison for possessing weapons during the 1993 Bombay bombings.
“I served time in prison and got out. Then I was welcomed by the film industry, which is like family to me and it’s always great how they supported me,” Dutt said.
“And then it was that phase of cancer, which I also came out of. I’m doing great now.
While the actor had a string of hits behind him, Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ and its sequel ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, endeared Dutt to a whole new generation of fans.
Dutt says he asked Hirani and Chopra several times about Part Three and suggested that since he and Warsi are now older, the script reflects that.
“They are thinking and God willing it will happen,” Dutt says.
When asked if Three Dimension would be the logical home for a streaming series about Dutt’s life, he replied, “You put that seed in my head, I’ll think about it now.”