Present time in Bollywood is good: Sudhir Mishra

Sagar (MP): Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra feels that the present time in Bollywood is the best, as actors and directors are moving away from regular fare and churning out new and different stuff, without facing much problems.

The manner of producing, directing and acting in films is undergoing a rapid change. The present time in Bollywood is good for making films as it has become possible to make different kind of films. During the 80s and 90s, making different cinema was fraught with all sorts of problems and obstacles, Mishra told PTI here.

He said a new kind of cinema was taking shape at present and a new India is emerging in which people want to see stories that are connected to reality.

The scriptwriter-director, on a brief visit to the city, said the challenge for filmmakers now was to make films which were not dull but have a "real link". He said right now directors like Prakash Jha, Imtiaz Ali, Raju Irani, Shriram Raghavan and Vishal Bhardwaj, who are working with big stars are not averse to making realistic films.

Mishra said he and other directors like Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee were making a different kind of cinema. The `Yeh Saali Zindagi` director said he did not agree with the view that the storyline in films was losing out to the competition in use of various techniques in cinema shooting.

The filmmaker, who began his film career as an Assistant Screenplay Writer with Kundan Shah`s popular comedy "Jaane De Bhi Yaaro" in the 80s said even in this age of globalisation and marketing, filmmakers and actors were coming from small places and bringing their culture with them. "Their presence in the cinema today cannot be stopped," Mishra said.

He said that he hailed from Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh and added that whatever he had got was because of the cultural ethos of the place. The filmmaker is the grandson of former MP Chief Minister Dwarka Prasad Mishra and during his visit here, a documentary based on his life was shot.