For an Iranian director, film production abroad is more economical
TEHRAN — Iranian director Qorban Mohammadpur has said making films abroad is more economical than at home.
He produces a serial edition of his film “Salam Mumbai” with the Bollywood cinema in India. Unfortunately, his previous project, “Falling in Love in Hanoi”, which was produced with a Vietnamese team in their country, remained unfinished due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
“If we collaborate with other countries on production, we can easily afford the cost of production; for example, if we shoot a movie with Vietnam, the country not only provides part of the start-up capital, but we will also receive 70% of the box office revenue,” Mohammadpur told MNA’s Persian service on Sunday.
“In addition, the salary of a movie star in Vietnam is $50,000, while Iranian stars will not accept less than 5 billion rials (over $172,000) for a project in Iran,” he said. he added.
He said that Iranian cinema is over and called it a bankrupt business, and added: “Due to the misguided policies of officials over the past two years, Iranian cinema has been led to a complete collapse. , as there is a major decline in the number of moviegoers in the country.
“Meanwhile, Bollywood cinema does not limit its production to national screenings; their films have been distributed in many countries,” he noted.
“In Iran, nine out of ten films cannot cover the cost of their advertisements, which means that Iranian cinema is finished. Production only by governmental organizations is possible, because for organizations it does not matter if their films do not bring in the capital. There is a catastrophic decline in the number of film productions by the private sector, so I believe Iranian cinema is dead,” Mohammadpur explained.
He said films shot in Iran are boring and added that Iranian films must be shot abroad to attract new audiences.
“Bollywood directors make their films on location in Europe or America to attract people to theaters and we can make our films in countries like India, Vietnam or South Korea to attract a wider audience” , noted Mohammadpur.
He is currently directing “Salam Mumbai”, which would be the first series to be available on Iranian and Indian VOD platforms.
Earlier in 2021, he said it would be produced in 20 episodes, seven of which will be made in Mumbai and 13 in Tehran.
He made a cinematic edition of “Salam Mumbai” in 2016 with a number of Iranian and Bollywood cast and crew members. In 2018, he also directed “The Devil’s Daughter” in India.
Pictured: Director Qorban Mohammadpur in an undated photo. (Mehr/Achraf Tabatabai)