Filmmaker Anurag Basu feels that films reflects the thinking of a director and according to him someone like Rohit Shetty cannot make a female-centric movie like last year’s sleeper hit Queen.
Speaking at a session tilted “Female protagonists in Bollywood Today- How Real is the Discourse” at the ongoing NFDC Film Bazaar, the Barfi! helmer said a director’s perception of women is often visible from the way he treats his heroine’s character in a film.
“Personalities of actors and directors reflect the kind of work they do. Aanand (L Rai) can make Tanu Weds Manu, Vikas (Bahl) can do Queen. But someone like Rohit Shetty cannot do Queen. It depends up on the kind of person you are and the way you see women. For example, Salman says some dialogues which Shah Rukh will never say,” he said.
The director dismissed the discussion about the growing trend of women-oriented films being made in Bollywood, saying it is still too soon to say that makers have become absolutely comfortable backing female-led projects.
“You should not judge the change in the scenario by just two or three films. You have to see in the coming years where we are headed and how people are taking it in and how many films are being made,” he said.
Anurag thinks more women directors and writers should make films that provide focus on women.
“Women oriented films have always been made. The climax of Queen and the ending of Earth was same. I agree there was a slight gap. Women directors and writers should come up and portray them more in films,” he said.