It’s barely been a month since Badmaash Company hit the silver screen, but its debutant director, Parmeet Sethi, has already started scripting his next. Sethi, whose film raked in good collections at the box office, says he’s again directing a “light-hearted” movie.
“I’ve just started scripting the film, and it can fall into two genres, depending on the way I write it,” Sethi smiles. “But it will definitely be a light-hearted movie. I want it to have the ‘fun’ flavour but it’ll be difficult for me to slot it into a genre until I finish writing my first draft.”
Sethi reveals that the story of the movie has been given to him by his Badmaash Company producer, Aditya Chopra, and that “it won’t be an easy script”. “Adi gave me a story in one line,” he says. “So I have to do justice to it when I expand it into a full blown script.”
On being asked whether it was an obvious decision to continue working with Yash Raj Productions, he agrees, and is full of praise for the production house. “We share a lovely working relationship,” he expresses. “I’m happy with them and they are happy with me. I have no reason to look at another banner.”
Sethi’s wrote his debut movie’s script in only six days, but laughs when asked if he’s looking to beat the record. “I cannot be that lucky everytime,” he says. “This film will take a few weeks for sure. It’s a tough subject.”
The actor-turned-director says that he hasn’t thought of a star cast for the movie, but gives a wish list of actors he’d like to work with. “There are so many actors I’d like to work with!” he says. “I would like to work with all the Khans, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, John Abraham and Abhay Deol,” he says. “It all depends on the requirement of the script.
“I know everybody because I’ve worked with all of them before,” he smiles. “So it’s just a matter of deciding which colleague of mine I should approach for a movie.” However, he admits that as much as he’d like to repeat Vir Das and Meiyang Chang, who he introduced in his movie, he won’t be able to take them on until he finds a role that would “befit them”.
No acting for now.
But the actor, who debuted with Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, doesn’t want to act in a film he’s directing as well. “I find it difficult to wear two caps,” he admits. “I’d rather just direct a film honestly, than try to multitask, and not give my best at either.”
Although Sethi’s starred in several movies and television serials, he’s put his acting career on hold at the moment. “I’m pursuing direction with all my heart right now,” he says.