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Audiences won’t accept a female superhero, says Rakesh Roshan

Rakesh Roshan says he won’t make a superhero film with a female protagonist, because he feels Indian audiences won’t accept a movie with only a female superhero. He also talks about his relationship with Rekha.

bollywood Updated: Oct 05, 2016 07:47 IST
Rakesh Roshan feels new actors such as Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan have talent, but says they should choose their films wisely.
Rakesh Roshan feels new actors such as Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan have talent, but says they should choose their films wisely.(Yogen Shah)

Film-maker Rakesh Roshan has been successful in enthralling audiences with superhero films such as Krrish (2006) and Krrish 3 (2013), both of which starred his son Hrithik Roshan in the lead role. But Rakesh says he wouldn’t make a superhero film with a female protagonist. “If I have a superhero in my film, then I can have a ‘superheroine’. I don’t think I can make a female-based film, as I believe the audience won’t accept that,” he says.

The film-maker believes that the new lot of actors, including Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor are talented. But he adds that he would advise them to choose their films wisely and work with good directors. “Newcomers wish to become stars overnight. Hence, they tend to take up a lot of films at once, which isn’t right,” he says.

Rakesh also talks about Rekha’s recently released biography, and shares an incident that occurred between him and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, who directed him in Khoobsurat (1980). “When Hrishida called me for the movie, I asked him whether Rekha, who was the leading lady in the film, would work with a failed actor like me. Hrishida told me not to worry about it. He revealed that Rekhaji had no objection in working with me. I have had, and still have, such a lovely equation with her,” he says.

Rakesh adds that Rekha is like family to him. “She comes home often, and brings us home-cooked south Indian dishes,” he says.