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Akshay, John took two years to give nod to Desi Boyz

He is David Dhawan’s son but Rohit didn’t get “any special treatment” by the stars of his directorial debut venture, Desi Boyz. In fact, it took Dhawan’s elder son two years to convince Akshay Kumar and John Abraham about their roles in the film.

bollywood Updated: Oct 23, 2011 16:56 IST
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He is David Dhawan’s son but Rohit didn’t get “any special treatment” by the stars of his directorial debut venture, Desi Boyz. In fact, it took Dhawan’s elder son two years to convince Akshay Kumar and John Abraham about their roles in the film.

“Coming from a film family, I did get initial access to Akshay and John. But post my first narration, and after they read the script individually, it really took me roughly two years of rewriting and convincing to get both of them to do their roles,” confirms Rohit.

And Rohit admits that there was a point when the status of his film was very ambiguous. “But I was ready to wait endlessly because I was sure that Akshay and John will make Jerry and Nick endearing and believable. And they have done exactly that,” says an excited Rohit.

“Only after they liked the script, they called me. Otherwise, why would they waste their time on something they don’t like? And why would anyone risk his or her career over a relationship? Actors are very possessive about their careers,” says Rohit, adding getting even half an hour with Akshay was tough. “Like any newcomer, I have done narrations with him at 6.30 am on his drive to the Film City. Then, I used to get down at Film City, get into my car and go home,” he adds.

Rohit also adds that he narrated the story to him on Mumbai-Delhi flights. “I didn’t get any special treatment. I was treated like a newcomer,” says Rohit, adding he started out with a five-page story of the film. “But John and Akshay reacted very well and asked me to come back with the screenplay. Then I worked on two to three drafts. It was an 18 month-long writing process,” says Rohit.