Abhishek Sharma: We need to rise above average films

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New Delhi, June 3 -- Film director Abhishek Sharma, who is known for his film Tere Bin Laden and is currently busy shooting the sequel of the same, says that Indian cinema is not ready to compete with Hollywood.

"It's high time Bollywood filmmakers make films that are original, having a universal appeal," he said, adding, "It's not that films are not being made. But if 1000 films are made in a year and only five of them gain critical acclaim as well as box-office success, that will not help the industry. We need to rise above average films."

"Films like Piku and The Lunchbox are good examples of that, as they are rich in content while still being commercially viable. It's high time we got serious," he says.