Although he is highly respected among today’s A-list actors, yesteryear actor-filmmaker Manoj Kumar doesn’t want to cast them in his film. “I can’t afford these stars. None of them fit the role either. I need faces that have no identity (sic), so I’m going with newcomers. It’s always they who become the stars of tomorrow,” he says.
Kumar has some exemplary films like Shaheed (1965), Upkar (1967) and Aadmi (1968) under his belt. Tell him that going by recent trends, many of his films could be remade, and he says, “Remakes are not the work of fertile minds. My mind is fertile; I have new subjects to deal with. Films which have some historical significance can be remade. I don’t understand what potential Himmatwala had to be remade when there was nothing in the original."
Kumar was recently discharged from a city hospital following a gallbladder stone operation and is now recuperating at home. The actor, however, seems to be in good spirits thanks to the beginning of his next directorial venture, The Last Bullet.
Kumar insists that he will take a couple of days to recover, after which he will begin work on the film.
Talking about the movie, the veteran actor reveals, “This story is one of the golden pages of history, at the same time it is very contemporary. The scripting is almost ready and I would start it sometime in November."