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Daddy director Ashim Ahluwalia: 95% actors in Bollywood can’t act

National Award-winning director Ashim Ahluwalia, who also directed the recent film Daddy, feels that Bollywood is actor-led, instead of being a director-led industry.

bollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2017 16:11 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Arjun Rampal,Aishwarya Rajessh
Director Ashim Ahluwalia didn’t want to cast any female actor from Bollywood to play the role of Asha Gawli in his film Daddy.

Director Ashim Ahluwalia, who won a National Film Award for his 2012 drama Miss Lovely, and recently ventured into mainstream cinema with his recently released Daddy, starring Arjun Rampal, reveals how particular he was about the casting of the film.

“For the role of Asha Gawli, wife of gangster Arun Gawli [played by Aishwarya Rajessh], I didn’t want any random model to portray the role, because nobody in Bollywood fitted the bill. This is why we looked for actors in the South, and found Aishwarya, since 90% of our actors [in the Hindi film industry] can’t act. Wait, make that 95%. The sole thing, which made Daddy a bonafide Bollywood film was that it starred Arjun. ”

The 45-year old reveals that he didn’t even want to be a part of Bollywood, initially. “My earlier film, Miss Lovely, though in Hindi, wasn’t a Bollywood film, since it was so gritty. When Arjun [also the producer of Daddy] offered the film to me, I told him that I wasn’t keen to do a Hindi film at all,” says Ashim, adding that he had also told Arjun that he would opt out of the film if the former was starring as the protagonist of the film.

The filmmaker adds, “I am not the typical Bollywood director. For me, it’s not just about stars and dialogue-baazi, but more about creating the perfect atmosphere for my actors. The industry, frankly, doesn’t privilege us directors. It’s an actor-led industry, whereas, for me, it should be director-led. That’s the fundamental difference we’ve had from the beginning.”

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First Published: Sep 19, 2017 16:05 IST