Mumbai: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar said that he wants his films to convey a message to the society apart from entertaining people.
"Other than entertainment, good music and action, when the audiences go home, they should also take something back home. It is essential just like a return gift which we should all receive in a party. Our responsibility is definitely towards entertainment, but also to some extent towards the subject," said Farhan.
His new production Bangistan spreads the message of peace and harmony through a satire on terrorism.
"There are some stories which we write and some are what we have read somewhere or asked a writer to write on, while some stories are ones with which writers approach. But our basic sensibility is obviously that the film should be entertaining, since we don't want to bore people with our films," he said.
However, Farhan added that it was not possible for all films to have a social message.
"You don't get the opportunity in every film, like the Don series. But if you get the opportunity, you should try to do something, which might prompt a person to think and which leaves an impression on their minds that 'filmmakers have conveyed a good point, let me think about it'. So as filmmakers and producers, a film is after all an art form for mass communication," he added.
Most of the films from Farhan's banner Excel Entertainment, have portrayed the theme and importance of friendship, such as Dil Chahta Hai, Rock On, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Fukrey. While ambition formed the crux of Lakshya, Dil Dhadakne Do revolved around the concept of family emotions.