‘I’M HONEST AND CLEAR WITH SRK, AJAY’
Filmmaker Rohit Shetty says he does not sit with his actors and badmouth others
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