Film­maker Ro­hit Shetty says he does not sit with his ac­tors and bad­mouth oth­ers

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He is work­ing with ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan in his next film, and ac­tor Ajay Devgn is a sta­ple lead ac­tor in his films. Ask film­maker Ro­hit Shetty how he man­ages to get the big­gies to star in all his films, and he says, “There is noth­ing to man­age. I have been hon­est and clear. Yes, I am work­ing with Ajay and SRK and will work with them again. And it’s an open thing. Peo­ple work with you be­cause of your tal­ent and not be­cause you sit with one ac­tor and bitch about the other and get them to sign a film.”

Point out to him that sev­eral of his crit­ics peg his suc­cess to him only work­ing with the big­gest names in the in­dus­try, and he clears his stand, say­ing, “It’s not like I only want to work with big stars and they are com­ing to me for work. To­day, the mar­ket has opened up so much that if you have to work with a new­comer or a grow­ing name, you need to have such a script. I can’t make a larger-than-life film (with a new­comer) be­cause the In­dian film mar­ket works on an im­age (of a star). So what you can try with a Sal­man Khan, you can’t do that with a new­comer.” How­ever, he says he isn’t closed to the idea of work­ing with a new face. “If I get a sub­ject in which I feel that the film should be made with a new­comer I will def­i­nitely make it,” he says.

And while his films are all about fast-paced ac­tion and cars be­ing blown up on screen, he says he is inspired by not just ac­tion flicks, but all kinds of films. “The best way is to watch films of all kinds. The best film, till now (this year), that I have seen is Piku. Just be­cause I am not mak­ing such a film, I shouldn’t say, ‘kya bak­waas ba­naya hai?’ You need to learn from them. Good films and other di­rec­tors in­spire me. I watch those films like a stu­dent,” he says.

What’s more, while he is praise for other film­mak­ers and their work, he says, when his films are crit­i­cised, he does feel de­jected. “I can’t please ev­ery­one, though I would love to do that. I want ev­ery­one to like my films. If I said I don’t care what peo­ple think, it would be wrong and I would be ly­ing. Even I would love it if crit­ics like my films” he says.

It’s not like I only work with stars ... If I get a sub­ject in which the film should be made with a new­comer, I will

Ro­hit Shetty, film­maker

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