Amidst the madness, we caught up with him for a chat.
Are you the ultimate crowd puller?I wouldn’t say that. Sometimes you make the right decisions, do the right films and it works. In the last four to five years, I’ve kept this in mind — that whatever films I do, the crowd should be entertained. If that’s your mindset, you’ll obviously do films people will enjoy. Even if the film is not very good, they will enjoy it. And if it is fabulous, it becomes a super hit.And you’re now working with Sajid, who’s always made films for the masses.He (Sajid) doesn’t claim to be a director who wants four stars (ratings) for his movies.
What is great cinema at the end of the day?If you can entertain people, then you’ve made great cinema. That’s what we are following. You’re dancing in this film — that’s a side of you that people are eager to watch. Dancing makes me nervous, but I was comfortable with what I was doing. Among acting, action and dancing, the last one is the toughest.
You’re working with a new actress in this project?Usually I’m very critical and it’s rare that I like someone else’s performance. But honestly, Tamannaah has done a fabulous job. Also, she’s not new. She’s done many films in the south; she has experience. I think she was comfortable because we were shooting in her territory (in Hyderabad) for the longest time.