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May 11, 2013 at 04:57pm IST

Dibakar Banerjee: Most of the time people go to theatre to watch stars

Mumbai: Though star power and box office success of a movie are interdependent, Dibakar Banerjee won't make a typical film by just banking on big names and then manufacturing collection figures to draw the audience.

"Cinema has been a star-driven medium and it has been so since the beginning. There is nothing wrong in that as stars make a film profitable," Dibakar told PTI.

"Almost 70 per cent of the time people go to theatre to watch stars and the rest 30 per cent is what you play with, to make the experience more rewarding and that's the way it will be," he said.

Dibakar Banerjee: Cinema has been a star-driven medium

For Dibakar too, BO is important but he feels the figures should not be manipulated to lure audiences.

Dibakar, however, prefers to cast new faces as they provide a balance. "I have most of the time gone for unknown and new people and that comes in that 30 per cent... it provides a balance. It's the stars whose presence makes blockbuster films and that money is used to finance our films and I am very happy about it," he said.

Dibakar feels a star will work with him provided they like the kind of films he makes.

"A star who wants to work in a typical film will not work with me but a star who wants to work with me in any which ways, will work with me," he said.

Star power has always kept the cash registers ringing at the box office. And for Dibakar too, BO is important but he feels the figures should not be manipulated to lure audiences.

"Every business is important and is dependent on money. For me, what is slightly dodgy is the touting of box office collection as a means of telling the audience to come and watch the film. That's what is suspecting... is unreal and untrue and manufactured figures. I feel it is wrong," he said.

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