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Stars throw tantrums: Subhash Ghai

The renowned filmmaker feels that young stars pay heed to details.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 19:37 IST

Renowned film maker Subhash Ghai prefers making the actors dance to his tunes rather than dancing like a monkey for them.

Do you regard yourself as a great director and producer?
I am no one to bestow this honour on myself. But yes people say that after Raj Kapoor, I am the biggest showman of Bollywood.

Why have you taken leave from film direction lately?
I am at present too busy in my new project that is a new film training institute which is coming up on 20 acres of land in Mumbai. It is my dream project. But this does not mean that  there is no work  going on in my film house Mukta Arts. Soon three films – 36 China Town, Mission Mini-Mini and Good Boy, Bad Boy will be released.

What is so special about your new film training institute?
The new Film Training Institute being opened by him in Mumbai would have all the salient features of renowned film institutes of the world. During the last four years I have visited 42 institutes around the world and studied them deeply.

Subhash Ghai prefers making the actors dance to his tunes rather than dancing like a monkey for them.

Who would be the head of the training programme?

I have Naseerudin Shah and Shyam Benegal in mind. They are experts in this field. I hope that the institute would not only train young Indian boys and girls but also from many nations abroad. I am myself a product of the Film Institute, Pune. There is great talent in the country which must be identified and groomed.

You are a diploma holder from the Pune Film Institute. Then why did you fail as an actor?
Bandaro Ko Nach Nachane wala Khud Kyu Naache (When I can make monkeys dance why should I dance like a monkey on the directives of other directors).
 
Do established stars give you trouble?
Yes. I think young talented stars work according to our directives and are obedient. On the other hand, big stars think that they are doing a favour by working even for a renowned producer or director. They often show tantrums. Moreover, talent need not be hereditary.

Are you also planning to enter into re-make business?
There is no dearth of stories in Mukta Arts. So, I don't think I will enter this business in near future.

Big boom is predicted for Bhojpuri films which has audience in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand?
Yes. There is indeed a big demand for Bhojpuri films and my production house is seriously  contemplating of entering into this field as well.

Are you happy with the growth of multiplexes?
Yes. We are very happy at the new trend. While on one hand, big cinema halls closed with the rise in piracy on the other hand big growth of multiplexes has come as a boon for the film industry.