Real or fantasy, nothing ‘in between’ works for audience today: Director Laxman Utekar

The film, featuring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, revolved around live-in relationships through the eyes of small-town lovers. Today people either want fantasy films like ‘Baahubali’ or something real. There is nothing in between that works,” Utekar told PTI. “The perspective of small-town people about live-in relationship is unique and we were hopeful that it will work well with the audience.”
Utekar says the success of the film stems from the cast and crew’s hard work. Audience are bored to see a hero getting down from chopper or having a big house. We had them from Juhu or Bandra so their hero comes in a Ferrari, shoot happens in New York and so on. “Every writer, technician and all those who have worked hard to make this film great and sensible should get the credit. We are overwhelmed,” he added. Latest Videos


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“The response is a little more than what we had anticipated. “Until few years ago audience had not seen stories of small town people for the longest time. The director says the team expected the film to strike a chord with the audience. They want to have a connect to it. They both were working for the film, not their individual credit. But at the end of the day, the face value for any film is an actor. The success was anticipated. “The characters that we have shown in the film are presented in a real manner, like how people react to the idea of live-in – be it in small towns or metro cities. Advertising

The director, who made his Hindi directorial debut with Luka Chuppi, says people either want to watch realistic films or another level fantasy cinema as they are longer in the mood to settle for anything “in between”. We did not have directors from small towns. Popular Photos

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Luka Chuppi released on March 1 and enjoyed a successful run of over 50 days and grossed Rs 125 crore worldwide at the box office. It is teamwork.”
Utekar has previously directed Marathi films like Tapaal, Lalbaugchi Rani and has worked as a cinematographer in Bollywood on English Vinglish, Dear Zindagi, Hindi Medium and 102 Not Out. “In our country after every 100 km, there is a different culture, language, costume, flavour and we are not exposed to it. When we were working on the film, we knew people will love it as it is a unique story. More Explained

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“The film has done great business and it happened because people wanted to watch Kartik and Kriti on the big screen.