Actor Rishi Kapoor, who directed
Aa Ab Laut Chalein,
the last film to be released under the Kapoor family’s film banner, denies any reports of a forthcoming production by RK Films. “All the ‘news’ about us planning projects with my niece Kareena or my son Ranbir are false. There’s no activity right now in RK Films,” he says vehemently.
Given that both Kareena and Ranbir are among the top rated actors in the industry, wouldn’t it perhaps be the best time to make a film with them? “We’re not sure as to what will work with the audience. Until we don’t get that right, there’s no point making a film with them. They are both busy artistes and it’s unfair to waste their time,” reasons Rishi.
Kareena and Ranbir, in different interviews, had mentioned a year ago that they’d like to see the RK Films banner active once again. Ranbir had even shown interest in producing and directing films released under the film company, which was founded by his grandfather Raj Kapoor. “He’s an independent boy. He makes his own decisions. If he wants to do something under the banner, he’s free to do so. I’ll support him if he needs help,” says Rishi.
The actor is extremely happy with the response he has received for playing a middle-class Delhi-based schoolteacher in
Do Dooni Chaar
. “We just wanted people to get the message of the film. It’s about everyone who goes the wrong way to make ends meet. It’s the style of filmmaking that Hrishikesh Mukherji followed,” says Rishi.
Asked how he faired in school, he recalls he was ‘outstanding’. “I was an average kid. Once, my teachers were ready to throw me out because I was shooting for
Mera Naam Joker
. My father had to explain to them that I was working only during school holidays without letting it affect my studies,” says Rishi, adding that his wife Neetu has made frequent visits to Ranbir’s school and college. “His teachers complained every week. But today, he’s one of the most disciplined men I know.”