Bollywood has always encouraged experimental subjects: RS Prasanna
The Kalyana Samayal Saadham director who is remaking his film in Hindi says Bollywood has always been more accepting of unusual subjects
RS Prasanna, who is making his Bollywood debut with the film Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, which deals with erectile dysfunction, says the Hindi film industry is encouraging filmmakers to explore unusual subjects, and thanks to the new age audience, such films are making a difference.
Considering the fact that the film is the remake of the Tamil film Kalyana Samayal Saadham, which was also directed by him, was it a safe choice to make a debut with? Prasanna says, “Well, I think Bollywood has always encouraged experimental subjects. Therefore, films like Vicky Donor, Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Hindi Medium have been made and accepted in mainstream Bollywood.” He goes on to say, “Even when I was making the film in Tamil, I knew that the subject of erectile dysfunction has a universal appeal. So when in a conservative environment of Tamil cinema, the multiplex audience received the film well, I realised that the story touched the right notes. So yes, that gave me a certain level of confidence.”
While the Hindi version of the film is set in Gurugram, the Tamil version was set in southern India. According to him, it was quite an interesting process to set the film in a different city, capturing the culture of that city, its society and the texture.