Multi-starrer films like Kalank generated a lot of hype. In the past too, Dil Dhadakhane Do, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam garnered a lot of attention too. However, does the struggle for screen space matter? TV actors give their takes to JYOTHI VENKATESH
Honestly, any multi-starrer film has actors who have not become stars overnight. They too have worked way too hard to be where they are today so before becoming stars, they too have been actors. I watch all films, whether it has done exceptionally well at the box office or not, irrespective of the ratings given by anyone. As there have been many times and many films that I have lived and enjoyed and taken back home with me despite the reviews I heard from people around me. As far as the screen space goes, I think it’s just time for every actor to be noticed and get his or her dues. To keep going on, to keep learning with each and every project polishes an actor. This is what I feel!
As an actor, I can say that if I’m a talented and confident, I can make a 5-minute role, a memorable character of that film. Length of a character matters but at the same time if I have the ability to make a non-important character, important enough then nothing else matters. As an audience, I like to watch good content and story in films, be it multi-starrer or single star or whatever, rest doesn’t matter. When it comes to the shows, we actors get a lot of chance to make our characters entertaining and interesting be it of any genre because we shoot for months and years on an everyday basis.
Yes, as an audience, I like to watch multi-starrer films. It’s a good blend most of the times and you get to see a variety of actors and their performances on screen. Yes, we have heard a lot of instances where there is a constant fight for screen space especially when there is a mixed cast and there are big and small actors sharing screen space in the film or show. But I feel as far as my character is well defined, it should not matter how much on-screen time I’m getting. There is a constant struggle and insecurity that actors deal with when they do multi-starrers. It’s a double-edged sword for them. To sum it up, I feel an actor should concentrate on their craft more than worry about space. If they are good, they will be noticed.
Regardless of whether it’s a multi-starrer film or not, as long as it has a good screenplay, concept and is entertaining, it gains attention. I like to watch movies which uplifts my mood after a long day of shooting. I believe as long as you have a good character, it doesn’t matter.
I would love to watch a multi starter film as the star doesn’t bind me to the film rather the subject does. If the subject is being well portrayed, it’s good to have so many polished names portraying the characters to do justice to the film. And as long as your character is impactful, then screen space doesn’t matter and the best example is 3 Idiots’ chatur character.
It’s not about if the movie is a multi-starrer or not. For me, the story and good direction matters. So, when I plan to go and watch a movie at a theatre, I prefer strong content in the movie. As far as your question on screen space issue is concerned, it is definitely a matter of concern for every actor. But I would also like to add that yes as long as my character is well defined and justified by the director, I am happy and satisfied and for sure the rest doesn’t matter at all.
Lots of filmmakers have tried different strategies trying to figure out a formula for box office success. Multi- starrer is also one of those attempts. But if you look at the success rate, it would match the average success rate of the industry. Meaning there is no set pattern that assures success. The only chance you have as a maker is of putting together great content. Everything else is frill which can help market it. But if the foundation is weak eventually you will be called out for it. As far as I as an actor am concerned, I hope to be part of such good content whether it be films or television. I am usually attracted to parts that are obviously integral to the plot but also are not black or white but rather closer to reality. I enjoy playing characters that are fractured or struggling being the best they can be. Whether that means me playing a title role or me being part of an ensemble cast doesn’t matter.
I personally don’t like multi-starrer films as I feel somehow the story gets disturbed. Having said that, I don’t mean that all multi-starrer films are bad. I loved Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, I loved Dil Dhadakne do… but yes, nowadays I feel there are very few multi-starrer films that are actually good. I think the real hero of any movie is its story, and the story should not be compromised just to give importance to the actors. For me, if I take up any project, I only look into my role. If that’s good, I go for it. I don’t care who’s getting more footage. But yes, I have also seen roles getting chopped to give more importance to other actors.
Well, I love watching multi-starrer films because you get to see a galaxy of stars in one frame and it’s definitely fun because generally when you see the same actor again and again, there’s a monotony that sets in. The attitude of today’s generation is people like visual changes so then or now multi-starrer has always been a hit. Be it from Manmohan Desai times we saw Amar Akbar Anthony where Amitabh Bachchan ji, Rishi Kapoor ji, Vinod Khanna ji, Parveen Baabi ji, Neetu Singh ji, Shabana Azmi ji in one frame, so multi-starrers have always been a hit. The visual treat is so great. I don’t there’s a fight for screen space because today if you are part of a super hit film, that itself is a big plus for you. If you are a good actor and you do two scenes in a multi-starrer, you are noticed.
I really like to watch a multi-starrer films because it’s like a bonanza. I haven’t watched Kalank but I enjoyed watching Dil Dhadakne Do, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, they were such wonderfully made films. Even as a kid, I used to enjoy watching multi-starrers with so many actors together, so many songs, the grandeur is amazing. The same happens with television shows. As an audience, I love to watch a multi starrer and I don’t think there’s any space issues. If your character is good and well written then I don’t think there is a problem. If you have one scene and you strike a chord with the audience, you make a mark.
Bhanujeet Sudan Singh
Definitely, I would love to watch a multi starrer film. While there are films that don’t work when there are more stars, there are some which are so entertaining too. Yes, there are screen space issues but on television, you don’t face such problems because it’s a regular show and eventually the character will be shown.
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