Young actors get ready to debate on the cinema of tomorrow at the Mumbai Film Festival

Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Parineeti Chopra among other actors will participate in a panel discussion, Bollywood: The Next 5 Years, at the 17th Edition of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The event is a part of the Jio MAMI Movie Mela on October 31 at Mehboob Studios, Bandra.

"We go as guests with our films across the world to international festivals. It's time we supported our ghar ka festival with just as much enthusiasm. It's like practising 'Hindustani khatirdari'," says Arjun, excited about interacting with his peers, who he describes as "wonderful, sorted actors".

Arjun instantly came on board and plans to share his "two cents of wisdom, which has come from his experiences" at the discussion.

Where does Arjun see himself in the next five years? "That I'll disclose on the day," he laughs. "We all make relevant choices, which in turn impact not just our future but that of the industry as a whole. The discussion will highlight this," he reasons.

MAMI is organizing a 'Mr India Reunion' on the same day and Arjun insists they couldn't have picked a better film or actor (Anil Kapoor). "It's our homegrown, superhero classic, which bridges the gap between today's youth and older generations," he asserts, adding, "I would love to see Amit ji at the festival reciting lines as the angry, young man from Deewaar."

Ayushmann jumps in, "I'd love to see Amitabh Bachchan dressed up like Shahenshah", while Parineeti cheers, "I'd like to see Salman Khan as Mr Dabangg".

Parineeti points out, "Films are a collaborative process and our friendships are an organic collaboration in themselves. I think this will go a long way."

The discussion has the young actors looking at how the landscape of Bollywood is evolving, what has changed since they debuted on screen and what needs to change, next. "It's an interesting topic because Bollywood is going through its most amazing phase today. We will see great content coming out in the next five years," Ayushmann predicts.

The 31-year-old actor, who debuted with Vicky Donor in 2012, points out that Bollywood has not been able to crack the horror genre post the Ramsays and Ram Gopal Varma. "I hope we get our ownParanormal Activity in the next five years. Scifi is another genre that hasn't been tapped into yet," he points out.

The session will also throw light on the struggles faced by debutants. "Lack of genuine mentors is common. I've been fortunate, but debutants should get a platform for a heart-to-heart with some of the opinion leaders of the industry," says the actor.

This year, British film critic, Peter Bradshaw and Ava DuVernay, director of the OscarnominatedSelma, will also be guests at the festival.
SOURCE - pune mirror


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