His film had all the masala of a typical Bollywood hit plus the goodwill of the critics but the super success of 3 Idiots, stole the thunder of Raat Gayi Baat Gayi, says director Sourabh Shukla.
"After the release of my film Raat GayiBaat Gayi we found a phenomena called '3 Idiots'. Theatres were apprehensive of showing my films as they thought they had a better chance of generating revenue with Aamir Khan's film," says Shukla, known for his potrayal of Kallu Mama in the 1998 flick Satya.
Both RGBG and 3 Idiots were released in the same month of December in 2009.
RGBG, a comedy, which recently recieved the Best Film award at the South Asian film festival award at New York, based on the possibilty of a one night stand and starring Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, failed to attract the crowd to cinema theatres.
Nevertheless, the director says he is very happy with the recognition the film is getting overseas and is of the opinion that he did not try to exaggerate the sexual content of the film.
"Sex is a very highly over-rated subject in our films. I never had any hesitation in making this film on the 'one night stand' subject," Shukla told PTI in an interview.
The film written by Rajat Kapoor begins with a night of heavy drinking and partying amongst three married couples. The morning after dawns with zero memory, the possibility of a one night stand, a missing mobile number and one gorgeous woman.