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Singham director shoots Bigg Boss 5 promo

Rohit Shetty films first look with hosts Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt; to start Bol Bachchan with Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan soon.

bollywood Updated: Aug 04, 2011 19:47 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

Rohit Shetty’s latest movie, Singham, is going great guns at the box-office, having grossed Rs 70 crore till Monday last, and after delivering his fourth consecutive blockbuster after Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: The Fun Begins (2009) and Golmaal 3 (2010) Shetty is undoubtedly the director in demand. A day after Singham opened, he was shooting the first of the Bigg Boss 5 promos with star anchors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt.

“It was good fun but stressful too because Singham had just released and we had to keep track of collections. But we pulled it off. Salman’s a pro now and Sanju too is extremely comfortable and is sure to connect with the audience. TV is a new medium for him but he will make a great host,” predicts Shetty.

Prod him on the controversy over a reference to Kannadigas in the film that lead to protests across the border and shows being cancelled and Rohit says, “The situation was defused with an apology by Friday afternoon. The perceived slight wasn’t intentional. The film is running well in Karnataka.”

After Shammi Kapoor-Nasir Hussain, Manmohan Desai-Amitabh Bachchan, David Dhawan-Govinda and Shah Rukh Khan-Karan Johar, Bollywood has a new hit jodi –Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn. All of Rohit’s films, from Zameen in 2003 to Singham in 2011, have featured Ajay. Is it going to be a career-long relationship? “Why not?” he laughs. “As long as I can come up with subjects that spark off Ajay’s interest.”

Bol Bachchan, an official remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Golmaal with Ajay and Abhishek Bachchan flags off on August 20, and will be followed by Golmaal 4. “I’m still working on the script, but the next Golmaal film will come only by Diwali 2013,” says Rohit. “In between, there should be another film, but not All The Best 2. That’s in the cold storage for now.”

Meanwhile, there’s also been talk of a film with Ranbir Kapoor and Akshay Kumar. “I’ve met both, but there’s nothing planned with either,” he says. And how far has he progressed with Angoor starring Shah Rukh Khan? He smiles, “That’s also at a premature, still waiting stage. Nothing to report yet.”

First Published: Aug 04, 2011 16:45 IST