If you’re a movie buff and you’re on Instagram, I bet you must have heard or seen people sharing the posts of ‘Character Biopsies’ and dude, if you haven’t, then trust me, you’re missing something really good. It’s a blessing to make people feel what a movie intends to, through your writing and this is exactly what Kalpak has been doing with his account @characterbiopsies. Let’s jump on to the interview and find out his favorites and his struggle and… well, let’s see by yourself.
Tell us a bit about yourself to the readers.
I’m your friendly neighborhood corporate guy by day who hones and fuels his love for writing at night. I was born and brought up in Bombay, and that’s where I am now. In between, I’ve had a five-year relationship with Baroda and a brief 2-year affair with Pune. I love watching movies and shows, reading, listening to (and singing out loud with) Bollywood music, observing people and visiting new places.
What’s the story behind Character Biopsies?
A lot of people ask me this, expecting a very dramatic ‘Pursuit of Happyness’ kinda tale behind the birth of this page, but in reality, it is super bland. I just wanted to start a blog that would get me regular with my writing (as I was losing touch), and this idea just struck me. I was watching ZNMD (for the umpteenth time) and the scene where Imran meets his biological father Salman Habib struck a different chord this time, and I felt like writing about Salman Habib. There where the idea germinated.
Name a movie that holds a special place in your heart (with reason)?
The Martian. It was the first date I went on with my wife.
Do you think Amazon Prime, Netflix, and other digital platforms are changing our film industry? Also, what do you like more? Watching a movie in a theatre or on your laptop?
Yes, they definitely are. They are giving so much creative freedom to the makers in terms of censorship, length of the product and audience reach.
But nothing beats the feeling of watching a movie on the big screen with a tub of popcorn in your lap.
What’s the best and worst thing about being a movie critic?
Best thing is getting to watch all movies. Worst thing is having to watch all movies. 🙂
Which thing about films amuse you the most?
Writing, Cinematography, Editing – in that order
If you could have any 4 people, from all around the world for dinner, who would they be?
Neil Gaiman, Shahrukh Khan, Jim Carrey, Barrack Obama
This or That
- Bollywood or Hollywood – Bollywood
- Series or Movies – Series
- Imtiaz Ali or Anurag Kashyap – Anurag Kashyap
- Tamasha or Rockstar – Tamasha
- Dil Chahta Hai or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – Both 🙂
If you were about to die and the only option you had was to watch one last film before committing to eternal sleep, any film in the world, which film would you choose and why?
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, to absorb its beauty and brilliance one last time.
What do you think our film industry will look like 10 years from now?
The Khans would have moved to father roles (hopefully)
What according to you is the right way to watch movies?
The right way to watch movies is on a big screen TV being snuggled under the blanket with all lights off and the AC on and phones kept away.
People are loving @characterbiopsies and we all can see this from the engagement your posts get. Do you have any future plans for it? Also, what would you suggest to someone who wants to start reviewing movies, telling their perspectives about it; basically who wants to create a page like yours?
I don’t have any concrete future plans for Character Biopsies yet, but I have thoughts. If you want to start blogging on Instagram, don’t worry about who will read it or how you will grow it, just start.
One word answer:
- Most depressing movie you’ve ever watched – 1947 Earth, Guzaarish, The Fountain, and (very recently) Contagion
- Most disturbing movie you’ve ever watched – A Serbian Film (DO NOT WATCH IT), also Perfume – Story of a Murderer.
- A film you wish had a sequel – No Smoking (Anurag Kashyap)
- Favorite comedy film – Chupke Chupke, Andaz Apna Apna, Borat, The Dictator
- One book that you would really like to see adapted into a film? – Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
- A film everyone loves but you hate – Fast and Furious Series
- A film everyone hates but you love – Hello Brother
- Favorite Netflix series – Black Mirror
- Your favorite biopic – The Pursuit of Happiness, The Theory of Everything
So, that was Kalpak guys, the founder of Character Biopsies. Do give him a follow on Instagram at @characterbiopsies to itch that filmy keeda of yours. And do let us know what do you think of this interview in the comments below.
Thanks for reading and happy watching 🙂