From Gadar: Ek Prem Katha to Apne, whenever director Anil Sharma and actor Sunny Deol come together, it rains cats and dogs at the box office.
The hit jodi is back with their upcoming movie, Singh Saab The Great, which is set for an October 22 release. Director Anil Sharma, who was in town to promote the film, gets candid with HT City.
About how the idea of making this film came about, Anil says, “After my previous movie, Veer, I was thinking of a subject that addresses the everyday issues of the common man; corruption, for instance, has reached an all-time high in the nation. So, I thought I should come up with a film based on the life of a collector, as he is someone who is directly involved with the people and the system. It’s a story about bringing change and not taking revenge.”
There was no better actor to play the role than Sunny, says the director. “Sunny plays the protagonist. The film brings to light the strong role of a collector and the media in our daily lives. I believe if they join hands, no one can stop us from getting rid of corruption.”
Punjab has always played a crucial role in Anil’s movies so far. So, one wonders why Singh Saab The Great was not shot in Punjab. “This time, I wanted to do things differently. So, I took the Punjabi character to shoot in places such as eastern UP, Bhopal and Indore.”
The movie is an out-and-out commercial entertainer made on a budget of Rs 35 crore. Anil says, “I don’t make realistic movies. I create drama in real form and believe in making larger-than-life movies.”
With Sunny’s conscious decision, the director has decided to stay away from fancy promotions.