With PM Narendra Modi, 2019 has 15 biopics. Why is Bollywood in love with real stories?Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre. Vibha Maru New DelhiMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 19:56 IST From PM Narendra Modi to acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Bollywood is obsessing over biopics.PM Narendra Modi, the biopic on the Indian Prime Minister, is dominating conversations from drawing rooms to newsroom debates. The Omung Kumar-directed biopic is the latest in the long list of biopics that Bollywood has planned for itself this year. 2019 has 15 biopics in the pipeline, with two of them – Manikarnika on Rani Laxmibai and Thackeray on Bal Thackeray – already been released. We are now looking at the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The number of biopics in 2019 is a straight double from what we saw in 2018. In the coming days, we have big actors from Ranveer Singh and Hrithik Roshan to Deepika Padukone and Janhvi Kapoor, all starring in biopics.But why the sudden interest in biopics? Is it the readymade story or the past success of such films, which have made biopics the rage these days? We try and decode Bollywood’s new obsession with the genre and why filmmakers see such huge potential in these films.BOLLYWOOD’S ‘MOB MENTALITY’Seeing the blockbuster performance of past biopics, like Neerja, Dangal, Dhoni: The Untold Story and more, it is a given that biopics have become the new success mantra that filmmakers swear by. But this also shows that Bollywood is probably running out of fresh ideas. But more than that, it reflects the Hindi film industry’s mob mentality, as director Vikram Bhatt rightly pointed out earlier today.”There are some stories which people even don’t know about but still they watch it. I have been directing films in Bollywood since the last 26-27 years and before that, I was assistant director for 10 years. So in my journey, I have witnessed mob behaviour like this and the trend of biopics is a result of the same.”advertisementHe went on to say, “If a biopic works, people start making biopics. If comedy films work, then people start making comedy films and then if action films start working, they make action films. So it’s a phase and we have to see how long this phase lasts.”‘LACK OF REAL-LIFE HEROES TODAY’Cinema is a reflection of desires and what better than picking a real-life rags-to-riches story and showing it on 70mm! More than feeding the drama, cinema looks to inspire people and since we lack inspiring heroes in this age, filmmakers are flipping the history pages to dig out role models from the past.As Tigmanshu Dhulia, who directed athlete Paan Singh Tomar’s biopic, said, “I feel the society is lacking heroes at the moment, and that is why directors are going in the past to get a hero. The current generation is lacking a hero, an inspiration.”Tigmanshu is currently working on two-three ideas for a biopic. He said, “If I reveal the name now, people might just jump on it. But there are two-three biopics on my mind.” But that trend is not quite true, given that we have biopics coming up on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak and Super 30 on Anand Kumar starring Hrithik Roshan. Both of these are ‘common’ heroes, from today. So is the charm of a readymade story at hand that entices filmmakers?READYMADE STORYThe storyline of any film is its key and the most difficult element. It’s the core factor that can make or break a film. And, for a filmmaker, half the job is done when they have a story in hand. Even better if it is picked up from real life.Also, since these stories have been in the public domain for a long time and have been revered by people, biopics have become a sure-shot way of success.FILMMAKERS CASH IN ON FAN BASE OF THE CHARACTERS THEY ARE MAKING BIOPICS ONThis factor mainly comes into play in case of sports and politicians’ biopics. As was seen in the case of films like Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and more. Apart from the general audience, fans of these sports icons throng the theatres to see their story come into life on 70 mm, in turn benefiting the filmmaker. The same is true for filmmakers when they choose to put on screen the story of a political leader. Take PM Narendra Modi biopic, for example. The film is being released on April 5, less than a week before India goes to polls, and political parties all over the country are knocking on the doors of the Election Commission to get the release of the film deferred. The fear? PM Narendra Modi, the biopic, can sway votes in favour of the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.advertisementSTARS’ LOVE AFFAIR WITH BIOPICSFrom Ranveer Singh in 83, Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, Ajay Devgn in Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, Aamir Khan in Osho’s biopic – the list is long and consists of almost all A-listers. And why not? Immortalising a character on screen ends up working in favour of the actor too. In Padmaavat, for example, Ranveer Singh’s fantastic performance as Alauddin Khilji got him laurels from all over the world. Such was his performance, that for a long time after the film was over, Ranveer was addressed as ‘Khilji’ from media interactions to social media. If playing a negative character can get Ranveer the opportunity to be identified as the person he played, imagine what a role like that of Kapil Dev (if done well) can do. Aamir Khan showed the same level of expertise with Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal.Will the trend of biopics last long? Or will Bollywood eventually grow out of the phase? Guess we will have to wait and see.ALSO READ| Vivek Oberoi as Narendra Modi chants Ye Desh Nahin Mitne Dunga in first song from biopic. Watch videoALSO READ| Abhishek Bachchan to romance Taapsee Pannu in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Sahir Ludhianvi biopic?ALSO WATCH: Abhishek signs Sahir Ludhianvi biopicGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Aamir KhanFollow Deepika PadukoneFollow Ranvir SinghFollow Janhvi Kapoor
If you are planning on making your home more energy efficient, the province can save you money. The Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program was launched today, Oct. 3, at an event in Dartmouth by Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “We are helping Nova Scotians make their homes energy efficient,” said Mr. Dooks during his remarks to the Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association. “These efforts will help Nova Scotians save money, help the environment and make their homes more comfortable to live in.” Under the new Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, householders can get a grant of up to $2,000 for energy efficient repairs. The amount of the grant is awarded based on the improved energy efficiency rating of the home. This program replaces a similar federal initiative that ended in May. An additional $400 grant is available for single homeowners with net incomes of less than $25,000 and families with net incomes of less than $40,000. Mr. Dooks said programs such as these give Nova Scotians practical advice on how best to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, increase comfort, and save money. “We know that about 25 per cent of Nova Scotians plan on making energy efficient home improvements this year,” said Mr. Dooks. “In a province that has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, our programs make economic and environmental sense.” On average, Nova Scotians saved 30 per cent of their energy costs by making energy efficient upgrades to their home under the former program. Each participant spent about $5,000 in home improvements. The energy improvements paid for themselves through energy savings within two to five years, on average. Judy McMullen, executive director of Clean Nova Scotia, said the province’s actions are ensuring that a valuable program continues to operate. “When the EnerGuide service was cancelled, we heard from hundreds of concerned Nova Scotians. The program is both popular and valuable, since it can address problems such as greenhouse gas emissions and energy poverty for the long term,” said Ms. McMullen. “We hope that this commitment from the province encourages even more Nova Scotians to take advantage of the initiative and rebate.” Terry Watters, president of Sustainable Housing, said Nova Scotia’s efforts mean continued employment for home auditors in the province. “Over the course of the past seven years, providing EnerGuide for Houses energy evaluations, we have developed a pool of highly skilled energy advisors,” said Mr. Watters. “Advisors perform evaluations and provide recommendations to assist homeowners in making energy upgrade decisions that will have the greatest impact on improving home comfort and reducing heating costs.” To participate in the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, homeowners must first contact a home energy evaluation group to schedule an energy evaluation. The home evaluation involves determining existing insulation values, a blower door test to identify air leakage points, a report with customized energy upgrade recommendations, and an estimate of potential annual energy savings. A preliminary EnerGuide rating is assigned to the home. There is a $150 fee for the audit. The fee will be rebated for homeowners that qualify for the low- to modest-income EnerGuide grant. Three organizations in Nova Scotia offer the audit service on behalf of the province: A second home energy evaluation should be conducted after the homeowner makes the recommended energy efficiency upgrades to the home. This must be done within 18 months of the first audit. The energy advisor will then determine the new EnerGuide rating. The amount of the rebate from the province will be determined based on the EnerGuide rating increase. Average provincial grants in the previous program were $824. Homeowners do not need to apply for the grant; however, an application is necessary for the additional low-income subsidy. Applications for subsidies for low- to modest-income homeowners are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, through the energy auditing groups, on the Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energuide or by calling 1-800-670-4357. Sustainable Housing,(provincewide, including Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-877-722-2842 Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-665-5377 Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 902-567-1628.