Siddharth Roy Kapoor in a panel discussion at the Jagran Film Festival revealed that it is difficult for studios to make a superhero film in Bollywood as the audience have their own superhero in the form of Salman Khan.
The producer revealed that the dynamics of functioning in the Hindi Film Industry is way different from the West, which is the reason why maximum studios incurred losses and could not sustain in India. Talking about the failure of studios, Kapoor said,
“The reason why foreign studios came to India and realised that they could not sustain themselves here is because Hindi movies is a different kettle of fish all together. I don’t think the solution would be to make a Spiderman in India because we have a Salman Khan and he is our Spiderman. The studios realised that they spent 60 – 70 years distributing their Hollywood films here, but that didn’t even give them 10% of the Box Office. So the idea was to make Hindi movies the way Hindi movies are made and invest more in the industry.” (sic)
The producer further revealed that Baahubali would not have been possible under the studio system in India because none would have approved such a humongous budget.
“I think the budget he (Rajamouli) started with and the budget he ended with was four times higher than what he said he would be making it for. It would take balls of steels to someone to say, I would give you a blank cheque, go ahead and make what you wish to in the next five years. It would have been a very difficult call for anyone to make. I don’t think Baahubali would have been made under the studio system because it needed backing by a single person,” said Siddharth Roy Kapoor.
Siddharth recently announced his production house, RSVP and would soon team up with Aamir Khan for the Rakesh Sharma biopic, which is titled Salute. The movie is expected to go on floors by mid-2018.