Trade pundits believe that Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge? Might have fared better had it come after the exams. Comment.
I’m sure it would have done better if we had released after the exams and even better if it had released after the IPL. But why debate on the ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. We’re happy with the film’s box-office performance.
You seem to be stuck in the ha ha rut?
If you mean I’m doing only comedies, that’s not true. It was just a coincidence that a string of laugh riots came one after the other. But in the coming months, I have Rajneeti, a political drama, followed by an intense Garam Hawa. Then, there’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai set in the underworld. The only comedy is Golmaal 3 that’s coming during Diwali.
You’re supposed to be also producing a remake of the Malayalam action film, Puthiya Mukham, which Rohit Shetty is directing. What happened to your second directorial venture?
Yeah, Rohit recommended Puthiya Mukham to me and after I saw it, we decided to remake it. But I’m also simultaneously working on the script of the next film I’ll be directing. It should start next year.
It’s been a while since you did an action film. Now that you’re on the wrong side of 40, will it require extra effort to swing those kicks and punches?
Every time you do something that’s new, you push yourself harder. The Puthiya Mukham remake will have hardcore action sequences and stylised stunts. I’ve done some action in Garam Hawa too. (Smiles) I’m sure I’ll get a lot of ‘taalis’ for the thrills in the Puthiya Mukham remake.
At one time you had maximum films with directors like Ram Gopal Varma, Rajkumar Santoshi, Anees Bazmee and Prakash Jha. But after the debacle of Aag and Halla Bol, and Naam that is still in the cans, you’ve moved away from Varma, Santoshi and Bazmee. Only Jha continues to remain a favourite.
The bottom line is the script. It has to be right. I met Ramu (Ram Gopal Varma) recently and we discussed working together again. Let’s see what idea comes up and how the script shapes up. I’m also working with other directors, like Priyadarshan. Our film, Garam Hawa, is very different for both of us since we have both been doing only comedies for a while now.