I’m un­der a lot of pres­sure, says Remo

Di­rect­ing the third in­stal­ment of the hit fran­chise, Race 3, in­volves much stress, says the film­maker

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With his up­com­ing film, Race 3, just few days away from its re­lease, film­maker Remo D’Souza is en­joy­ing this “mixed feel­ing” of ex­cite­ment and ner­vous­ness. “It’s crazy. It’s like when you know you’ve writ­ten the exam well but you are wait­ing for the re­sult,” he says. Di­rect­ing an ensem­ble cast with big stars, which in­cludes Sal­man Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jac­que­line Fer­nan­dez and Bobby Deol, Remo calls this film a “learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”. In a free­wheel­ing chat, the film­maker opens up about tak­ing the hit fran­chise for­ward and the pres­sure which comes along, di­rect­ing Sal­man Khan, mak­ing him dance and more.

Is there a pres­sure to take the fran­chise for­ward and match the pop­u­lar­ity of pre­vi­ous films?

As a maker, yes, I’m un­der pres­sure. Both Race 1 and Race 2 have done well and they were di­rected by leg­ends Ab­bas-Mus­tan, of whom I’m a fan. Now, I’ve come in as the di­rec­tor, have Sal­man Khan, and a huge cast and the ac­tion is next level, so there’s a lot of pres­sure.

Is Sal­man Khan a di­rec­tors’ ac­tor or was it tough to di­rect him?

This was a sur­prise film for me. I still can’t be­lieve that I’ve fin­ished shoot­ing the film be­fore time.

It’s also Sal­man’s fastest film and it all hap­pened be­cause of him. He was there on time and did every­thing leav­ing me sur­prised. So, it was very, very easy.

Any spe­cial anec­dote you re­mem­ber from the shoot?

I’ve learned a lot from ev­ery ac­tor in this film. But Sal­man sir and Anil Kapoor have taught me so much. They’re so grounded and pas­sion­ate about mak­ing films and so pro­fes­sional about the process that it’s un­be­liev­able. I re­mem­ber once Sal­man had to fly back to Mum­bai, and he was reach­ing early morn­ing. I said, ‘Take rest and then come on the sets by af­ter­noon.’ But at 7 in the morn­ing, I got a call from him, say­ing,‘I’m at the air­port and I’m com­ing to the sets now.’ That was amaz­ing.

How tough it was to make Sal­man dance in the film?

My idea [from day one] was to make him dance. I know he has this typ­i­cal style of small steps that peo­ple love. And, in ad­di­tion to that, I made sure he tried other dance styles, too. He loves danc­ing, so it wasn’t much of a chal­lenge.

Do you agree Sal­man is go­ing to be the high point in the film?

He’s got his fan fol­low­ing and peo­ple love him for the star he is. I’m a huge Sal­man fan; like those who whis­tle, clap and jump each time he comes on­screen. I al­ways wanted to do a film with him.

After Ab­basMus­tan, Remo D’Souza is di­rect­ing the third film of the fran­chise

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