Siddharth Roy Kapur Birthday Special: This is how the producer changed Bollywood’s face forever

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In 2006, Siddharth Roy Kapur was one of the founding members of UTV Spotboy, a studio that energised Hindi cinema by backing low-budget but high-quality content films such as AamirUdaanPaan Singh Tomar, and Shahid.

Bollywood has evolved since Roy Kapur joined UTV, which was later acquired by Disney India. A superstar now doesn’t mean sure-shot success. Take Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, who both delivered duds in 2018. Instead, audiences are heading to cinemas to watch films like StreeAndhadhun, and Badhaai Ho, where an engaging story supersedes the star.

“You can make all kinds of cinema and not one kind,” said Roy Kapur about the success of the above-mentioned films.

He aims to do just that with Roy Kapur Films (RKF). The producer is using his repute and impressive track record to draw talented writers to develop scripts. Simultaneously, he has a “robust creative team” in place. RKF has a biopic on astronaut Rakesh Sharma starring Shah Rukh Khan that takes off next year, and a film with Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim knocking at the doors.

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So, little by little the producer is doing his bit to make Bollywood films more content-driven. The script of a movie is its backbone and thus it should be the movie’s storyline which appeals to the audience rather than just stardom.

But it is not just making films that are keeping him occupied. Roy Kapur was re-elected as the President of Producers Guild Of India. He knows that in the wake of the ‘Me Too’ movement, the Guild has to ensure that production houses and studios are implementing the Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace guidelines.

In Bollywood, the workplace is rarely an office and as such Siddharth is striving hard to make the workplace a safe place, for all those dreaming of joining the industry.

Published by Amrit Santlani on 01 Aug 2019

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