Calling him Dabangg will be catering to a cliché, but fearless he is. After a controversial exit from the sequel of the Salman Khan starrer super-hit, director Abhinav Kashyap has announced his next.
Temporarily titled Project 18, the movie is being scripted and will be shot in Australia, as a collaborative effort with the Australian Film Initiative. "I am going there for a location recce in May. The story is the journey of a man who is struggling to settle in Australia," says Abhinav, adding, "I like making mass entertainers, so it will have all those elements."
Clearing the air about the controversy surrounding his exit from his first film’s sequel, Abhinav says, "I didn’t want the pressure of making another Dabangg. I want to make a different film and lead it with my own expectations, rather than giving into what others want me to do."
He even remained undeterred by reports that suggested he began charging a bomb as his directorial fee after Dabangg. "People didn’t know I existed before the film’s success. Then they wanted to work with me, but I can’t work with everyone. So the people who I refused started spreading these rumours. It doesn’t affect me, as I chose not to be affected," says Abhinav, who feels no external pressure to perform with his forthcoming Project 18. "I don’t see expectations as a burden. My greatest virtue is story-telling and I will be able to tell another."
Meanwhile, the director has just finished shooting four advertisements under his banner Movie Temple productions. "Ads require a different kind of clarity. If you go wrong, you not only waste money, but also fail to portray the product right," he says.
Apart from Project 18, Abhinav’s banner will also produce films of five first time directors who assisted him in Dabangg, including Pranav Dewar, the film’s editor. Pranav’s film will be the first to go on the floors this year.