‘I’d en­joy a 60 paisa dosa on my birth­day’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra (right) turns 54 to­day. Although the film­maker has never been big on birth­day cel­e­bra­tions, he has fond mem­o­ries of “get­ting 60 paisa from his mother on his birth­day” ev­ery year.

“With that 60 paisa, which was a lot of money back then, I’d treat my­self to a masala dosa from Khan Mar­ket. That mem­ory re­mains close to my heart,” shares Mehra, who has made films such as Rang De Bas­anti (2003) and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013).

The direc­tor re­cently fin­ished shoot­ing for his up­com­ing film, Mere Pyare Prime Min­is­ter, and wants to go on a trip with fam­ily this time around. “I was never a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion wala guy. But, this year, we just wrapped up the shoot­ing, and it was quite tax­ing. So maybe, we’ll go for a short trip... to Goa maybe, and spend time with fam­ily and friends. It’ll be a nice way to cel­e­brate my birth­day,” he adds.

Mehra’s last film, Mirzya (2016) — star­ring new­bies Harsh­vard­han Kapoor (ac­tor Anil Kapoor’s son) and Saiyami Kher — bombed at the box-of­fice. The film­maker feels dis­ap­pointed that the au­di­ence couldn’t con­nect with the film, but he doesn’t let fail­ure or suc­cess get to him.

“What I en­joy is the process of film­mak­ing, and telling a story to the au­di­ence. All you can do is hope that they con­nect with it,” he says.

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

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