‘For casting, a star has never been my priority’
Casting is an important factor that can make or break a film, believes filmmaker Subhash Ghai (left). In his filmmaking career, Ghai says that he has never given priority to a star, but has chosen actors who suited the role.
“My priority has never been a star. I give importance to the story. Casting is a crucial factor. Imagine Katrina (Kaif) and Kareena (Kapoor Khan) playing the characters of Geeta (Phogat) and Babita (Kumari) in Dangal. Or even, Anupam Kher essaying the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat,” he says, adding, “I rope in actors who I feel would do justice to the role. I approach a star only when he or she is required. And for this, I have seen both successes and failures.”
Ghai, who is working on three scripts, plans to direct one of them. Ask him about the remake of the film, Ram Lakhan (1989) that filmmakers Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar were supposed to work on, and Ghai refuses to comment on it. “I’ve sold the rights to Karan Johar. Once I’ve sold the rights I don’t interfere much. Karan Johar would decide how he wants to take it forward.”
My priority has never been a star. I give importance to the story. Casting is also a crucial factor
SUBHASH GHAI, FILMMAKER