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Updated February 7th, 2024 at 01:09 IST

12th Fail Success 'Silver Lining' For Independent Films: Vishal Bhardwaj Praises Vidhu Vinod Chopra

12th Fail is running in cinema halls now and has completed 100 days of its theatrical run. Its reception on OTT has also been overwhelming.

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12th Fail | Image:IMDb
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12th Fail has managed to grab everyone's attention after its OTT release. Even though the film released in cinema halls and is still running successfully after 100 days, the reception upon its digital premiere has been overwhelming. Recently, Vishal Bhardwaj heaped praise on director Vidhu Vinod Chopra and called his film, starring Vikrant Massey as "a silver lining" for independent films.

A still from 12th Fail | Image: IMDb 

Vishal on progress of indie cinema

There was a time, Bhardwaj said, when it was not difficult to get films like his Shakespeare trilogy -- Maqbool, Omkara and Haider -- or movies like Dev D and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye financed.

"Independent cinema has progressed a lot. In fact, it progressed and is now regressing. What's responsible for that, we all are exploring. There was a time when Haider, Maqbool, Omkara, which still had commercial stars, but films like Dev D and Oye Lucky Lucky, we used to easily get money to make those kinds of films.

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A still from 12th Fail | Image: IMDb 

"Now it's very difficult to raise money for these kind of films because everyone is scared, everyone is exploring 'ki kya chalega theatres mein' (what will work in theatres)," Bhardwaj said during a press conference at the recently concluded Jaipur Literature Festival 2024.

Vishal opens up about 12th Fail success, praises Vidhu Vinod Chopra

He praised filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra for 12th Fail, a film that surprised trade analysts by performing exceptionally well at a time when spectacle cinema seems to be the flavour of the season. Mounted on a reported budget of Rs 20 crore, the Vikrant Massey-starrer released in cinemas in October and is still running despite being available on OTT. It has earned over Rs 70 crore at the box office.

"A silver lining in this is the success of 12th Fail. There is no star, there is no weirdness, the background score is also beautiful. It is pure filmmaking by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and I think this is his best film.

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"To see the kind of success and love the film got, if there is a silver lining that the audience is there to watch every kind of film but it must be worth it for them to come to theatres. So we all are exploring whether a film like 'Animal' will work or a film like Jawan or Pathaan or a mindless south Indian action film. It is all imbalanced," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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Published February 6th, 2024 at 23:17 IST

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