Actor Mithun Chakraborty is a busy man these days. He has been meticulously balancing his dates between Bengali television and films and Bollywood. This has made him increasingly picky. Now the dancing legend takes time out to talk about remakes and why he won’t make calls to get his son a big film.
Nowadays, we don’t see you doing multiple films in a year. What was so special about Kaanchi (directed by Subhash Ghai), which you have just signed?
I don’t want to do films just for the sake of doing them. I am 53, and 375 films old. Subhashji told me only one line and asked me to be part of the project. I insisted that he tell me the full story and then thought it over. I liked the character and finally said yes to him.
You are quite involved when it comes to the Bengali industry. Is it one of the reasons you are away from Bollywood?
Now, with the Bengali industry growing, I have programmed my year in such a way that I can work it into my schedule. I am hosting three reality shows, Dance India Dance, Dance Bangla Dance and Bigg Boss in Bengali. In between, I do two Bengali films and one Hindi film or vice versa. That’s the routine I am maintaining.
It’s the season of remakes in Bollywood. Even your film Agneepath (1990) was remade. Are you looking forward to the remakes of any of your hits?
I’m against remakes. I never wanted Agneepath to be remade nor do I want to see a Disco Dancer (1982) remake. It dilutes the charisma of the original.
So do you have objections to Shaukeen (1982) being remade and Akshay Kumar reprising your role?
Let them do it. You become megastars when superstars start reprising your roles.
Your son Mahaakshay (Mimoh) is now four films old. But being your son, we thought he’d get a big launch
He has to fight his own battles. He still wakes up in the morning and goes for auditions. I am happy when he gets rejected and humiliated because that’s the way of life. He is making his place, however little, on his own. My children know I would never call anyone to give my son or daughter a break. They have to earn their place with their talent.
What is your view on the realistic films being made these days?
I appreciate them, but I tell industry folks not to ignore commercial films. The industry should keep producing stars because along with realistic films, you also need these money-making machines (commercial cinema) to pay people in the industry.
Are you slowly turning producer as well?
I don’t have plans to be a full-time producer. My wife wanted to be a producer, so I thought Enemmy’s script would be perfect to fulfil her dreams.
Do you get time to manage your hotel business in Ooty?
I make sure I go there every six weeks. My wife has just returned from Ooty. When I am busy, my wife or Mimoh go.