Yes, I am in the process of completing the script and hopefully I will start soon.
It all depends on Salmanbhai's dates and health. Right now my primary concern is his condition. We all want him to recover fully.
. For now the priority for all of us who care for Salmabhai is his health. I am working on a script that will hopefully bring out the best in him.
My script is almost ready. It's a family film again. With lots of characters. And each character has to be written carefully. It's a time-consuming process and I don't want to rush it.
Ummmmâ¦it would convey all the joys and sorrows of a joint family. It will have tears and laughter and of course celebration. But at the same time it'd be a little different from the family films I've made in the past. The definition of family values has changed in recent years. My film would have to reflect that change.
Yes. During the last few years I took time off from direction to set up our company's television branch. That took a lot out of my time and energy.
). No, it's just that I had a number of activities happening. And I'm not a multi-tasker. I normally like to focus on one activity at a time. But here I was looking after the television business. And since I write my own films, my script-writing suffered. I am just not good at doing 2-3 things at the same time. But now I decided it's high time I directed another film.
I kept in mind all the novels of Saratchandra Chatterjee while making
. But my new film is not like
It sounds like something I'd call my film (laughs). But it isn't. I am in the last stages of scripting. And there's no title yet. I don't know where that came from. I also read I wanted Arjun Kapoor to play the
. I don't know who my casting director is. But that person has a fertile imagination.
There is no
only (laughs). Definitely no Arjun. Unless I finish my script there is no way I can approach actors. Nowadays every actor of every generation insists on a script. And forget nowadays I've never approached any actor for any film without a script.
That's true. I am not likely to change my method of working. When the casting is announced it'd be done in a big way. Right now there is no casting except Salman Bhai. I keep reading information about my film. But the truth is, Salmanbhai is all we've decided. I've taken three years to write the script and I am yet writing. The closure of the script will happen only when a voice from within me says it's complete.
). He is like my brother. I've spoken to him. But I'm yet to narrate the script.
We have a bonding that goes beyond the films we do together.
) I don't know why. All those films were made with the correct intentions. But sometimes you fail. I personally enjoyed producing all those films. Success or failure are in no one's hands. One can only strive to do one's best.
No Subhashjiâ¦It's not like that. It's not as if I had set out to make what you call an iconic filmâ¦
â¦.No film is made with specific intentions. You just make what comes instinctively to you.
Until I make my next film the previous remains my favourite. So at the moment
is my favourite. Now I want to tell a different story in a different format.
I agree. From the audiences viewpoint it is the biggest film of my careerâ¦I am blessed. Even today 18 years after its release people talk about it wherever I go. They give me so much love and respect for it.
) Yes, I saw that. It was really wonderful of Sanjay Bhansali to have given my film such a prominence. I couldn't ask for more.