It takes a lot of pizzazz to say that Bollywood success is not proportional to the laws of friendship. But Suniel Shetty can say that as he has learnt some lessons about survival in Bollywood.
“Friendships within the industry can get you goodwill but for success, you’ve to look beyond. I’ve done a lot of films which I knew would fail at the box office but didn’t know how to say no. But now, I’m going to be selective,” he says.
There is a lot happening in Suniel’s life, which includes GIFA, the Global Indian Film Awards, to be held in Kuala Lumpur in December. It is the brainchild of Suniel’s company, Popcorn Entertainment and will cover films released between October ’05 and October ’06. “It calls for hard work and I’m game for all that it takes,” he says.
Suniel is set for his TV debut with a health show, based on The Biggest Loser (an American reality show).
He says, “The show encourages people to lose weight without sweating much. I’ll now spend more time in the gym to do justice to the selector’s choice.”
Clash of the titans:
Rubbishing talks about problems between him and Akshay Kumar, Suniel says, “Akshay and I joined the industry at the same time — almost 16 years ago. I don’t know where these things come from. We’ve done some wonderful films together and will be together again in Bhagam Bhag.”
Suniel adds that now he will concentrate more “on my home productions.” Besides his co-production, Priyadarshan’s Bhagam Bhag, he will be seen in the sequels of Phir Hera Pheri and Kaante, and Anubhav Sinha’s Cash.