Next year, on the Independence Day weekend, Akshay Kumar’s Rustom will hit theatres. It will be directed by newcomer Tinu Suresh Desai. The star is also working with one-film-old writer-director duo Sajid-Farhad in Housefull 3. They had made their debut last year with Entertainment.
Incidentally, Akshay isn’t the only star to be working with relatively new directors in his forthcoming films. The coming months will see movies hitting the big screen that are a result of similar collaborations. So, while Shah Rukh Khan has completed Fan with Maneesh Sharma, and is working on Raees with Rahul Dholakia, Aamir Khan’s next — Dangal — is being helmed by Nitesh Tiwari. Also, Salman Khan will team up with Ali Abbas Zafar in his next. And it isn’t just the male stars. Katrina Kaif starts shooting for Nitya Mehra’s next soon, while Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will work with Omung Kumar in the Sarabjit Singh biopic.
“Someone gave me a chance when I started out. So, if I come across a deserving person, why shouldn’t I do the same,” says Akshay, adding, “They (newer directors) always bring something fresh to the table. I love working with new people — the opportunity is a make-or-break situation for them, so their level of dedication is unmatched.”
The directors, on the other hand, feel that big names bring a lot more, besides their stardom, to these collaborations. “Shah Rukh is a huge star, superb actor and energetic, but he also brings the kind of experiences he has (to the table). He is like a child when the camera rolls. I will only say one thing about SRK — there’s no better team player than him,” says Maneesh. Omung echoes the feeling. “Aishwarya is a fabulous actor, and can do justice to a demanding role,” he says.
Interestingly, a few days back, SRK had told HT that he is content with the way Maneesh’s directorial has turned out. “Fan is a kind of film that every actor will be proud of. I don’t know whether I have done well in it or not, but I am very proud of it,” he had said.
Industry experts are more than happy with these collaborations since they are of the opinion that newer directors are the need of the hour. “Technically speaking, an experienced film-maker could get into a comfort zone, and start making only a particular kind of cinema. But newer directors bring a certain amount of freshness to the story as well as the treatment. That’s why big stars work with them when they want to do something different,” says trade expert Amod Mehra.