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Aligarh: Manoj Bajpayee on why it should be a success at the Box-Office

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:43 IST

After making the rounds at various film festivals, Hansal Mehta's Aligarh is finally set for a theatrical release in India on 26 February, 2016.

The film, which tackles the sensitive topic of homosexuality is based on a true incident and stars Manoj Bajpai and Rajkumar Rao in the lead roles. Bajpayee, who is currently promoting the film, while interacting with Catch said that there is nothing called commercial cinema and art cinema.

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"I just hope Aligarh makes a lot of money. I think films like Aligarh should make money at the Box-Office as that will dilute the gap between art cinema and so called commercial cinema because for me there is nothing called art or commercial cinema. A good film is a good film and a bad film is a bad film. I think things will improve with time," said Bajpayee.

The film will be distributed worldwide by Eros International and Bajpayee hopes Aligarh's success will encourage studios like Eros to back more films in the genre.

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"Kudos to Eros for supporting this film but I want them to make money so that they are confident to support more films in the genre. If Aligarh succeeds, I think more and more producers will be willing to invest in such films which will result in actors like me getting more work," he added.

The actor also feels that it is difficult to get investors for independent films like Aligarh, but hopes that the situation will change soon.

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"If Eros has to back a film like Aligarh, they definitely need to get money from somewhere and they cannot put money from a bank account. They have to earn money from other films to invest here, but if these films start doing well, they will not have to depend on other films to get investors. But as of today, we have to depend on commercial films."

Aligarh releases on 26 February 2016.

First published: 20 February 2016, 1:45 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.