Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty on his upcoming production venture EMI, 'Mischief' and more in a conversation with Rachana Dubey.
How come you’re suddenly all over the place as a film producer?
Because my company is producing films all the time. We have releases lined up which keep me on my toes. I have to be responsible. For the music launch of EMI, I had to make sure that the entire star cast and the press were taken care of. There was no time to breathe.
How come you have been consistently partnering your film productions with Ekta Kapoor?
Why not? She's a creative girl. She heads the biggest TV production house. She has great inputs, which can embellish the production. It's always safe to share profits and losses.
Wasn’t there a fallout between Ekta Kapoor and you after Mission Istanbul flopped?
See, I had really hoped the film would work. It didn't. It hurt both of us immensely. But that doesn’t mean we will stop working together. We didn't point accusing fingers at each other.. there were no blame games.
Your water sports complex H2O was in problems.
That’s business. There are highs and lows. Every business at some point goes through bad weather.. but we've sailed through.
Even Mischief is not doing well. Your restaurant Thai Me Up also shut down.
Thai Me Up is history. And what Mischief are you talking about? If it's the clothes brand, then I must tell you that I've sold it long ago. Now, if it's not doing well, I've no business to be concerned. Why don't you trace the new owner and ask him?
Will you continue to be a film producer for the rest of your life?
No way! I'm balancing it out. I've got some really big offers up my sleeve. You might just see me all over the place as an actor very soon.