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After Krrish, I needed a break: Rakesh Roshan

With Krazzy 4, Rakesh Roshan hands over the direction reigns to his assistant Jaideep Sen. Diganta Guha gets candid with the ace director.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2008 19:02 IST
Diganta Guha
Diganta Guha

With Krazzy 4, director Rakesh Roshan hands over the reigns to his assistant Jaideep Sen and takes a backseat. HT City caught up with Roshan for a tête-à-tête:

Krazzy 4 is not a typical Rakesh Roshan film, is it?
No it isn't. It is something I have never tried before. But then, I have always tried new subjects. If you follow my films, each has been different from the other. Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, Khudgarz, Krrish, Khoon Bhari Maang and so on. I don't like to repeat myself or even a genre. I try to work with different plots.

So how different is Krazzy 4?
There is no regular hero-heroine plot. I am just trying to work with a new plot and package it so that everybody can watch the film — from a villager in India to somebody from Manhattan.

So it is an outright comedy.
Not exactly. The comedy is satirical and not of the slapstick variety. It is about people whom we call crazy. But are they crazy or is the world crazy? There is a lot of bonding in the film, it has plenty of emotion, but comedy is part of the script. I like to make wholesome films. They are not for niche audiences, though conveying a message to all sections of the audience is harder. The message I am trying to convey in Krazzy 4 is packaged humorously. Sometimes, humour works better than a direct message, like when we tell a child things in a funny way.

<b1>Krazzy 4 doesn't have the grandeur that we associate with your films…
It doesn't. We have to go with the premise of the film.

The film has item songs featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan. Won't that overshadow the script?
Not at all. Hrithik's song comes at the end while Shah Rukh's is part of the film. Had Shah Rukh not agreed, I would have asked somebody else.

But we hear Shah Rukh was very keen on it…
Ours is a long-standing relationship. I keep meeting him. When I asked him for the dance number, he said I could always call him and ask for anything. When I can work with the best why should I go for somebody else?

Your Filmkraft banner seems to be opening its doors to other directors, finally...
After Krrish, I decided I needed a break. When I make a film, I want to enjoy my work. I don't make films for the heck of it. After Krrish, I took a break for three-four months.

Then I thought if I started work on a script, it would take a year or a year-and-a-half… plus at least another year to make the film, which meant a new Filmkraft production would only be ready in three years. After Krrish, I had promised Jaideep that I would give him a break. And I kept my word.

What about the April Fool joke on Rakhi Sawant that her song had been edited from the film?
I didn't know about that. I got calls from the media and only then did I find out that it was a joke played on Rakhi by some media person.

So when will we see Rakesh Roshan as a director again?
Let's see, I am planning a film.

Is Krrish 2 happening?
I am not very sure. I am still looking at the script.