The much-awaited Priyadarshan - Mohanlal film, Oppam, is slated to hit the screens on the auspicious occasion of Onam. The film, which is written by Govind Vijayan, is bankrolled by Mohanlal's friend Antony Perumbavoor under the banner of Aashirvad Cinemas. The film stars the Malayalam superstar as a visually-impaired person, Jayaram.
Recently, the National Award winning director was in Kochi to promote the Mohanlal-starrer. During his interaction with a leading daily, the director admitted that social media's impact on films is a big challenge for directors these days. However, Priyadarshan also stated that all films of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan will do a minimum business of Rs 200 crore, irrespective of the reviews.
He was quoted as saying;
"I think the impact of social media on films these days is a big challenge for every filmmaker. The situation today is that any Tom, Dick and Harry can write reviews on social media. But the unfortunate fact is that it is the debutants who are largely affected by it. A flop or a success won't harm someone like me, who have survived 32 years in the industry. But the negative reviews written or shot with a video keeping vested interests in mind spoil the career of poor debutants. I have also observed that most of these reviewers are frustrated people who failed big time in life. At the same time, a good thing, however, is that often, an engaging film ends up becoming a successful one at the Box Office. Also, there are instances where even reviews do not matter at all. Best example are Salman Khan films. All his films, irrespective of reviews, collect minimum 200 crores at the Box Office."