By Monday, Bol Bachchan had grossed R98,66,88 crore and was just days away from entering the elite R100 crore club. Director Rohit Shetty, who is being touted as Bollywood’s box office wizard, says he feels blessed by his incredible success story.
“There is so much talent around, great directors I look up to. I’m lucky that I have a fantastic team working with me on these family entertainers that may not woo the critics, but seem to find favour with the common man. I’m prepared for the one star review now as long as I can say ‘Bol hit’,” he smiles.
Quiz Rohit on whether a sequel is on the cards and he says, “Well, after Singham released, I’d dismissed talks of a sequel, but then we came up with an interesting story that justifies taking Bajirao Singham back into the Maharashtrian hinterland.
Singham 2 should take off by mid-2013, after I wrap up Chennai Express, and release in 2014.” He adds, “I’m open to a Bol Bachchan sequel too, provided we get an original idea that works. I’ve had enough of South and old Bollywood remakes.”
Bol Bachchan is Rohit and Ajay Devgn’s biggest hit overseas and the filmmaker admits that the film’s success outside India has taken him by surprise. The duo is now being touted as the Manmohan Desai-Amitabh Bachchan of recent times. But Rohit doesn’t care about the comparisons.
He says, “They’re legends, we’re not. It’s just that I understand Ajay as an actor and he understands my kind of cinema. I guess that’s what is working for us. Abhishek (Bachchan) is family too. In Bol Bachchan, he shared great chemistry with Ajay. I’d like to bring their ‘jodi’ (pair) back if we can get a script that justifies their return,” he says.
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