Bollywood film producer Mansi Bagla is all set to bankroll a biopic headlined by none other than actress Sushmita Sen, and anticipation is running high for details about the project.
And now, in an exclusive chat with The Free Press Journal, Mansi has claimed that the biopic is going to be a gamechanger for female-led films. “The biopic is going to be a mega movie and will create history in Indian cinema. Work is in progress, but I can assure that the film industry will watch the biggest biopic ever as it is something that has never been touched,” she says.
Spilling some more beans, she adds, “The biopic will surely be loved by all and will definitely be a gamechanger for female-led films. Just like ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ with a solo female lead charted history, our film too will do the same, only at a much larger scale.”
When asked why the ‘Forensic’ producer chose to back the former Miss Universe, Mansi shares, “Sushmita Sen is an inspiration to women and is the pride of the nation. She is full of warmth and only a queen can treat other women like a queen, which she does. I believe in powerful women and have always seen her carry that image. She has the perfect look and persona for the character she will be playing in the biopic. All in all, she is just the person we were looking for!”
Mansi also promises that the biopic will make people fall in love with cinema and Bollywood all over again, something that has been quite dicey of late. However, the producer believes that one of the major reasons why movie lovers have been feeling disconnected from the content on the big screen is the lack of heart and soul in the films.
“The box office is not doing well because a lot of importance is being given to just creating and selling projects. Content plays an equally important role in today’s market because people are now exposed to cinema from all around the world. Like any other business, we need to mould ourselves as per the requirement of our audience and not push what we want to create as per our choice,” she opines.
She adds that the fading originality in Bollywood is also another reason why people are distancing themselves from the medium.
On a parting note, Mansi sheds light on how she chooses scripts to produce for OTT as well as the silver screen. “One has to stand out and that’s my goal. I don’t just copy films, rather, I nurture and make them. I enjoy the process rather than shortcuts, and most importantly, I believe in myself and ensure I make good cinema,” she concludes.