News|December 12, 2011 5:07 pm

Vinay Pathak: Our cinema is creating literature for India

According to Vinay Pathak the VJ turned Actor, Indian cinema today offers a lot to reflect upon and the cinematic content fills a gap in literature in modern society,

Vinay Pathak said,

I think we are making many more movies than what we used to. I feel today in our industry, we have different storytellers, different kinds of filmmakers and different kinds of visionaries. It is a wonderful time for new storytellers to come up and tell their stories in different ways,

Considering the wonderful nation that we are, we don’t have much in the name of modern literature. Nobody is writing contemporary literature. The last of the writers that I remember were Kamleshwar, Rajendra Awasthi or Manohar Shyam Joshi,

It’s not that we don’t have litterateurs, but every generation has had its own literature. Keeping that in mind, our cinema is the closest to having a literature for this nation today. What happened in the 1970s in French cinema, I think that is happening in today’s Indian cinema,

It is this metamorphosis that I am so fortunate to be part of and somehow being instrumental ever since we started this kind of cinema with films like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Mithya’, ‘Bheja Fry’ and ‘Dasvidaniya’, ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Dev D’… This new cinema is here to stay,

getting little philosophical Vinay said,

It’s the signature of our new image, new storytellers and new story makers and new heroes of society. They may not be high on morals, but they are high on compassion and that’s who we are today. We are one of the world’s strongest nations because of our compassion.

So I think Indian cinema has a lot to reflect upon when it comes to compassion, to the literature of today and the Indians living in India today. They are saying their things and there is a statement from each one of us individually, community-wise and other groups.

I am happy with the fact that the wheels are moving. It might be slow, but the fact that it is in motion is wonderful,

Vinay Pathak has done only one films which was commercial ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’, he says but he clarifies that he has nothing against commercial films, he said,

I don’t discriminate. It is the story that comes first always. I feel if the story is good and is written well, no character can go wrong.

My philosophy is keep it simple and sweet. That is why I am drawn to a story, something that I could tell my kids and my friends.