Abhinay Deo doesn’t have to think twice when asked which version of his recent hit film, Delhi Belly, he prefers. “The English one, 101 per cent” he says. “I would not put my money on the Hindi one.”
The director has just finished ‘cleansing’ Delhi Belly (Hindi) for it’s soon-to-be-announced satellite premiere. “Now it all depends on Aamir (Khan) and UTV (producers),” says Deo, who tried his best not to lose the humour in the process of re-dubbing what was an ‘A’ rated film.
Didn’t he mind having to alter his film just to be able to broadcast it on another medium? “The original film that you saw in theatres was in its pure form and people enjoyed it. I’m fine doing a slightly toned-down version so others can enjoy it too. Those under the age of 15 can watch this one,” says the director, who took about a month to ‘sanitise’ the film. “It doesn’t have any bad words, we’ve adapted the entire film.”But considering the film, starring Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor, is still playing in theatres in some parts of the country, the television premiere will take some time.
Meanwhile, the director is busy with his advertising projects and four film scripts, one of which he is writing. “It is a funny film about two guys. But then there is a big gap between what you see in a story and a bound script, so let’s see,” he says, reiterating the fact that Disco Fighter is definitely not his next film. “That was meant to be a joke. We had planned it like that, we just wanted to give people something to think about.”
The director’s last film, Game, didn’t go down well with film critics and the box-office alike. When asked what went wrong with it, he doesn’t mince words. “I was quite disappointed with its result. The disturbing part was that audiences never saw it, but the good part was that I look at loss as a learning experience.” Refusing to pass on the blame to the script, he adds, “A director’s the captain of the ship. I wasn’t sleeping when the script was being written and I take complete responsibility for its failure, like I take credit for Delhi Belly’s success. I know I won’t make that mistake again.”