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Exciting time for storytellers in Bollywood: Habib Faisal

Exciting time for storytellers in Bollywood: Habib Faisal

New Delhi: Habib Faisal, who has scored a hit with his unusual love story ‘Ishaqzaade,’ says he is excited to be in Bollywood at a time when the power of stories and scriptwriters is being recognised.

‘Small budget films have kind of shaken up everybody. A film gets made and it is watched, liked and then the money comes back. Now no one is scared of breaking the formula. Now the formula is to break the formula. The power of script is being recognised,’ Faisal told PTI in an interview.

Faisal, who wrote ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ and brought Delhi's Lajpat Nagar in focus with his debut film ‘Do Dooni Chaar,’ feels small budget films are here to stay.

‘It is not just me. We had never seen a film set in Jamshedpur until 'Udaan' came and then there was a comedy on Osama Bin Laden. This is very exciting time for storytellers in Bollywood and interesting stories are being written,’ he said.

The director says he wanted to explore the small towns of India through ‘Ishaqzaade,’ which stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra and has been produced by Yash Raj Films.

‘I find this new spunk in small towns very interesting and I wanted to extend it to funky characters who fall in love in a raw and edgy manner where the courting also happens through abuses. Also, small towns are a lot more vibrant and colourful. They have more interesting sense of humour and a different rhythm.’


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