‘BE­ING A NETA’S SON DOESN’T AF­FECT MY MOVIE CHOICES...’

Ac­tor Ri­tiesh Desh­mukh says his po­lit­i­cal back­ground has, how­ever, helped him be­come a bet­ter speaker I hope be­ing from a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily, I’ve be­come wiser as one is care­ful with the words they speak

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Riteish Desh­mukh, ac­tor

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Riteish Desh­mukh (left) says that be­ing from a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily has no bear­ing on the kind of movies he chooses to be a part of.

The 36-year-old star, son of late Ma­ha­rash­tra chief min­is­ter, Vi­las­rao Desh­mukh, says, “I don’t think po­lit­i­cal back­ground has any­thing to do with the films I should be do­ing, oth­er­wise I wouldn’t have done Grand Masti.”

How­ever, he thinks that a po­lit­i­cal back­ground has made him a bet­ter speaker. “I hope be­ing from a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily, I have be­come wiser be­cause one is care­ful with the words they speak. Be­ing an ar­chi­tect has taught me that less is more. I choose words wisely. There are times when I keep my opin­ion to my­self. If I say some­thing, it might be taken out of con­text,” says Riteish.

Com­ment­ing on the hype around 100-crore col­lec­tion for a film be­ing con­sid­ered a stan­dard for suc­cess in Bol­ly­wood to­day, the House­full star says that a movie should be viewed be­yond this stan­dard. “It (the ` 100 crore club) has be­come a bench­mark, which is great. But ev­ery film has a dif­fer­ent view­point, so the busi­ness dy­nam­ics of ev­ery film is dif­fer­ent. It should not be the barom­e­ter for ev­ery film to be suc­cess­ful,” he says, adding that even though a film may earn ` 100 crore, it may not make im­pres­sive prof­its be­cause its cost of pro­duc­tion may be equally high. “The barom­e­ter is the bud­get of the film, what is the to­tal in­vest­ment and re­cov­ery,” he says.

“To­day, there are var­i­ous ways of re­cov­ery like mu­sic rights, satel­lite rights, dig­i­tal, home video and oth­ers. The bud­get of his up­com­ing film is not so high that it has to reach the mark of ` 100 crore,” says the ac­tor, who will soon be seen in a comdey satire di­rected by film­maker Karan An­shu­man.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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