Box-of­fice num­bers mat­ter to me the most: Ro­hit Shetty

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Ro­hit Shetty, (above) who has helmed three films in the Gol­maal fran­chise and is gear­ing for the fourth one, says he keeps a close tab on the money made by his films and wants max­i­mum num­ber of peo­ple to en­joy his work. “It mat­ters to me the most. I want my film to do great busi­ness. The box-of­fice num­bers re­flect this. It’s about how many peo­ple have seen the film. Every di­rec­tor wants that his film should be seen by a num­ber of peo­ple,” says Ro­hit, who has di­rected films such Chen­nai Ex­press (2013) and Dil­wale (2015).

Ro­hit is happy if an­other film­maker’s movie does well, too, as it ben­e­fits the en­tire in­dus­try. “I keep a tab on the busi­ness done by other films. If a film does well, it does well for the whole in­dus­try, that in­cludes me,” he adds.

Mean­while, Ro­hit ad­mits that he changed the story for his film, Dil­wale to cater to the fans of ac­tors Shah Rukh Khan and Ka­jol. How­ever, he says that this didn’t re­ally work won­ders for him. The ini­tial plan for Dil­wale was it to be a three-hero film and Ka­jol would just have four to five scenes in it. When asked if there are times when an ac­tor be­comes larger than a film, Ro­hit says that this was not true in this case. “That was my de­ci­sion to change it and no­body else’s. No one forced me,” says Ro­hit, who will be judg­ing a stunt-based re­al­ity show.

The film­maker says that de­spite so many films, a new project al­ways makes him ner­vous. “No mat­ter how con­fi­dent you are, it hap­pens,” shares Ro­hit.


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