Stars must realise script comes first, says Vidhu Vinod Chopra

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra on Monday said nothing can replace a good script, not even a big star.

With the failure of big stars and success of smaller, content-driven films at the box office this year, Chopra said one cannot compromise on the story and rely solely on the star power.

In facts, stars should not even come into consideration while the story is being written, he added.

“The first thing is, the script should be written devoid of big stars. The trouble is when you start thinking that this is the story that I’m going to do for this guy, that is where you start making compromises which is the disaster that is hitting you all now.

“Because it is not the script, it becomes a vehicle for the star and when it becomes a vehicle, it ceases to be a script,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event of his production “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”.

The filmmaker, who has backed films such as “Munnabhai” series, “3 Idiots”, “PK” and “Sanju”, has written “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” as a story and not as star vehicle for Anil Kapoor, who came onboard later.

While the verdict is still out on Shah Rukh Khan’s “Zero”, which has received mixed reviews, films of both Aamir (‘Thugs of Hindostan’) and Salman Khan (‘Race 3’ failed spectacularly at the box office this year. (AGENCIES)