In the cut-throat world of Bollywood, you would think a demoniacal debacle like Rascals would put an end to the friendship between its producer Sanjay Dutt and director David Dhawan, more so since the film was Dutt’s debut home production.
However, we got to know that the film’s staggering slump at the box-office has strengthened the Dutt-Dhawan dosti. Earlier this week, after the verdict on Rascals was clear, David, who was feeling guilty about letting his pal down, received a surprise call from Dutt telling the director to chill.
“Chalta hai, boss. Makes no difference if the film didn’t run. We’ll do another film together,” Dutt reportedly told the director. David confirmed that Dutt had indeed not taken the Rascals setback to heart. “Yes, Sanju called and had a long heart-to-heart with me. He is my real-life ‘Munnabhai’. ‘Mera dost hai, yaar!’ Whatever remorse I might have felt at the way Rascals finally turned out was washed away. There is no room for regret in our relationship. I started my career as a director with Sanju.”
Now, David is in talks to do another home production for Dutt. One big lesson that David has learnt from the Rascals experience: “Never, never have trial shows. The people you invite for trials don’t tell you the truth. The whole world knew the film was not up to the mark. Everyone kept praising Rascals at the trials,” he rues. In hindsight, David realised that he went wrong with his hackneyed formula of two guys panting after a chick.