‘For cast­ing, a star has never been my pri­or­ity’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Timie Out - Shreya Mukher­jee

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

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