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‘We needed to build the plot’

Anthony D’Souza, director of Blue, defends criticisms about his latest flick. Hiren Kotwani tells more.

india Updated: Oct 20, 2009 19:31 IST
Hiren Kotwani

Charge 1: Lacked a coherent script.
I apologise to all the critics who didn’t like the film. I tried to make an action film like Fast and Furious, which was appreciated for its action. It was a humble effort and I’ve been maintaining that from day one.

Charge 2:
The film dragged endlessly in the first half.
We needed to build the plot. Unless Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) refused to go treasure hunting initially, we couldn’t have been in a situation where he was compelled to agree.

Blue has got a huge opening. If some critics panned it, others praised it. For me personally, the audience is the best judge since they are paying Rs 200 to Rs 300 per ticket. Next time, I’ll try and make a film that pleases the critics who didn’t like Blue.

Charge 3: There was no connection between the characters played by Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan.

It was an action movie. The action sequences are the kind you’ve not seen on Indian screen before. That was appreciated.

Some critics have given the movie four stars. For those who didn’t like it, I’ll keep in mind their criticisms work on them for the next movie.

Charge 4: Despite all that hype about Kylie Minogue, she was barely there. Even Katrina Kaif didn’t register in a miniscule special appearance.

We maintained from day one that Kylie and Katrina were only doing guest appearances. We didn’t mislead anyone about the footage of their roles.

Charge 5: Even after getting A R Rahman on board, you didn’t manage to churn out any chartbusters.
I don’t agree. I’m both humbled and ecstatic that Mr Rahman agreed to compose the music for my film. I’ve no complaints with the track and from the feedback I’ve got, the songs have been received very well.