An interviewer’s delight he isn’t. That’s also probably one-film-old Mohit Ahlawat fits into mentor Ram Gopal Varma’s angry young man mould.
Mohit stars in Varma’s Shiva, a film that is supposedly a remake of Varma’s production, James, the making of which, he reportedly was not happy with.
James - starring Mohit and Nisha Kothari - was directed by Rohit Jugraj and released last year. The spat over James between Jugraj and Varma made headlines. The grapevine has it that Varma wanted to remake the film and hence Shiva was conceived with the same cast.
Mohit disagrees, "Not at all. Shiva is a different concept." He says diplomatically, "Ramuji was not satisfied with James, but it’s wrong that he made Shiva because of that. It’s all in his head. He thought that James could have been made better. Maybe he thought that the actors in it were capable of doing a better job. I never asked him."
Shiva was also the name of Varma’s hit film starring Nagarjuna that released in 1990. However, today’s Shiva is not a collegegoer but a cop who fights the system. "Our film is more contemporary. I am a guy who joins the Mumbai police with a very different opinion. He sees everything wrong about the system and protests," he says.
Mohit seems stuck in the angry young man image. Not just in James and Shiva but also in Ram Gopal Varma Ki Sholay, where he plays Jai (Amitabh Bachchan’s role). Mohit gives credit to his mentor. "It's Ramuji’s vision. The way he sees me," he add.
Was there an instruction to watch Shiva? "Never. He said that he wanted to make this kind of a film and then gave me the script," says the actor, who seems to be the current blue-eyed boy in the Varma camp.
Through James, both Varma and Jugraj wanted to bring back the ’70s genre of action films. Mohit’s take? "It’s an action film with a lot of emotion. Ramuji wanted the genre he grew up with, back on screen. But he also wanted to shoot it in a stylised way. This is what he has tried," says Mohit, who starts shooting for the Sholay remake next month. He is also doing another film called Sattu. "I do whatever I feel like doing," is his mantra for choosing films.