Mahesh Bhatt said that he received a message from someone who appreciated CityLights and said that Vishesh Films will never be the same again.
“She even said that after Saaransh, this is the only movie that matches up. This is the kind of response I am getting. When people speak with this kind of passion about a film they have no expectation from, it means it just changed the course like after Zakhm, I took a sharp turn and made Murder, Raaz, Jism, etc., people asked what happened to him. CityLights has changed the narrative of Vishesh Films and I think it will bring back the legacy of my cinema. It’s the most natural thing for me to make the film. CityLights is going to change things for us. That’s why I am pining for the film’s success. The success of this film is very important,” stated Mahesh Bhatt at the special screening of the film.
Starring Rajkummar Rao and Patralekha, the movie is an adaptation of British film Metro Manila. It will hit approximately four screens Friday, May 30, 2014 but Mahesh believes the movie is already a hit.
“If it works, I will ask for more money to make such movies. If it doesn’t, which is quite impossible because it has to earn very less money we can say that the film is a hit. Now, how big it will be only time will tell. Market will come if it’s very big hit. The revenue from satellite and music has been covered to some extent and now it is the profit that we need to know about,” informed Mahesh Bhatt.
Mahesh Bhatt, who co-owns the production company with his brother Mukesh Bhatt, said that he had to fight at his home to make CityLights. “I fought at home to make this film. It wasn’t easy to make the film. There were ideological differences. My brother doesn’t support this kind of cinema. He said we have earned so much and have been successful for years so, why this now. I said if you want to be alive you need to be on the edge and play,” he said.
On the other hand CityLights has had a huge impact on its lead actor Rajkumar Rao and drained him emotionally. “The movie and its characters had a huge impact on me. People like them exist all around us but we don’t notice them. Now, I have started noticing such people on roads. I can’t help much but I meet and tell them that everything will be fine,” said Rajkummar Rao.
Here’s wishing team CityLights all the best at the Box Office.[/tps_footer]