One of the biggest non-starters of 2015 was the heavily-marketed and widely anticipated Shahid Kapoor-Alia Bhatt starrer Shaandaar.


The film's director Vikas Bahl takes responsibility for the debacle. Speaking exclusively to SpotboyE at a theatre festival organised by Mukesh Chhabra, he said, “Frankly, Shaandaar was an experiment. We tried to do something completely different. With experiments, either you go right or wrong....and Shaandaar unfortunately went wrong.”


Added Vikas, “But does that imply I'll stop experimenting with stories? No, I won’t.” The director added that calling the film a ‘cult’ or something as ‘ahead of its times’ would only be putting forth excuses- and he’d rather like to take ownership of the fact that the janta ‘rejected’ his labour of love.


When asked if a film should be ideally made on a tight budget (Shaandaar was mounted at over Rs 90 cr), Vikas said that being a producer (a partner in Phantom Films who produced Shaandaar) has made him realise that the economics of a project do need a better planning.


Considering that the year was terrible for Phantom Films (his company with Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane), is he hopeful of a shift in gears in 2016? “Why terrible? Yes, we had Bombay Velvet and Shaandaar that didn’t work, but why are you forgetting NH 10, Hunterrr and Masaan?”


Buzz that the four Phantom boys will soon part ways refuse to die. How could we not ask Vikas that? Pat came the reply: “We’re very much together. All four of us will die together.”


Thumbnail Image Source: Manav Manglani & latestinfoupdate

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