Q. Do you feel a bit relieved when the trailer and promo for the movie received such a positive response?
Yes, of course, because this is the first glimpse of the film that the public sees. After directing the entire film, this is the first time we know the thoughts and preferences of the audience. So yes, he feels very happy when the trailer receives a positive response.
Q. You shared a note on social media in which you described this film as “very close to your heart”. What would you like to say about the particularity of the film?
I think every movie is close to my heart, if it’s not close to my heart, I shouldn’t do this. But this time I said it openly because I’m very happy with the film. I’m proud of this film and when I saw it, I had a lot of fun as an audience.
Q. You also wrote that you were apologizing for your work. In what context was it?
A. In fact, I am someone who is not very comfortable promoting my work. I feel a little weird. But I know it is also necessary. For Dasvi, I just want to convey to people watching, we worked hard and made a great movie, please see this. I want to transmit my positive energy to everyone. So I wrote this in that context.
Q. When and how did Dasvi start?
It was in 2020, when my conversation with Tushar (director) and Dinesh Vijan (producer) started about this movie. They told me a basic story, which I liked. I said yes to the film and then we started to work. We started shooting the film in February last year, which lasted two to three months.
Q. What are the things you keep in mind when choosing a script for a film?
A good and interesting story. For me, that’s the most important thing. I never see who the director is, who the producer is, or who the co-stars are. This is useless. If the story is bad, then all those things don’t matter. For me, the story should be good.
Q. Vidya Balan said in an interview that “this is the best time for actresses compared to male actors”. To what extent do you agree with this comment?
No, I don’t agree with that. I think it’s a very exciting time for every performer, whether it’s a male actor or a female actress. Great work is being done, great stories are being written and great movies are being made. Over the past two years I have made
Breathe, Ludo, Big Bull, Bob Biswas
Dasvi, all the movies are completely different from each other. That’s why I think it’s a wonderful time for everyone, not just actresses.
Q. Speaking of actresses, what was your experience working with Yami Gautam and Nimrat Kaur?
Both are excellent actors, very professional and serious in their work. I totally enjoyed working with them. I think they both made me look good with their mastery of their craft. I’m lucky. They both did a terrific job in the movie.
Q. You have been in many comedy films during your career. Do you think there has been a change or evolution in the way comedy is written in Hindi films?
I don’t think much has changed. Watch Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies in the 70s and 80s, it used to be sitcoms. All kinds of comedy movies are made, depending on what you’re doing. There’s physical comedy, slapstick, social, situational…all kinds of comedy. So I don’t think there’s been any change in writing or directing comedy movies. The fact is that each film has its own language, its own needs. As if we couldn’t do slapstick comedy in Dasvi. It will not go with the universe of this film. That’s why I say it all depends on the story.
Yeah, when it comes to cinema in general, I can see the change. But cinema has to change with the times, because audience preferences change. Watch my own movies, today I do
Dasvibefore I made movies like
Manmarziyaan, Housefull, Happy New Year, Bol Bachchan
doom. I can see the change. Art keeps changing.
Q. This change was also affected by OTT!
The effect of OTT has been that all types of content are available right in front of you. This is why we must be perfectly prepared. Now the pressure is on creators to serve only the best content. You can look
today on your mobile phone. So what reason should I give you to go to the cinema. For that, I have to give a very good reason to the public. That’s the only change I see. People’s choice has gone global today. You can watch Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Korean, English, Spanish, French movies on Netflix or any other platform. All content is just a button away. Today, Hindi cinema competes with all of them. So the question is what different content do you give, so audiences should see your film!
Q. Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about your movie and congratulated you too. Does he talk about your films with you or does he praise you in person?
Yes always. As a family, we see each other’s work, we give our opinion on it, we discuss it. However, so far he has only seen the trailer for
Dasvi, hasn’t seen the movie yet. It turns in Lucknow. But yes, he liked the trailer.
Q. You have tried almost all kinds of genres in your career like romance, action, social drama, comedy. Did you do this deliberately so as not to be labeled?
I like to make all kinds of films. I think the most interesting part of being an actor is that you can be a different person every day. So why would you want to keep doing the same type of story all the time? I think the public will also get tired of me. I never really thought about being in a box or getting a tag or anything. Whatever story I loved from the bottom of my heart, I did. I would just like to give full credit for my work to the public. They like it or they don’t like it. It’s all up to them what we do next.
Q. You once said that you had struggled for two or three years before your first film Refugee. After your debut, did you face rejection during a 22-year career?
Yes absolutely. Rejection can be of any kind. Getting kicked out of the movie, or not getting the part you want, or not getting a decent shot. If you give a scene and the director doesn’t like it, he immediately rejects it. Every day we have to go through this. I think that it’s good. It is also a way forward. And everyone goes through it.
Q. How do you take rejection today?
The best part about failing or being rejected is that you don’t have to deal with it. He manipulates you. Because it’s never your choice. I make a film because I want it to work, I want more and more people to see it. What if the movie didn’t work! So it’s never a matter of choice and that’s why you can’t even face it. How you answer it matters. Don’t worry about how you will handle failure, worry about how you will react to failure, because if you respond positively, it’s not failure, it’s learning.
Q. You often treat trolls very positively on social media.
I am a very positive person. A lot of people tell me this that why do you respond to trolls? I answer because I want to know why they didn’t like my work. I believe that even if there is a person who did not like my work, then I want to know why? I want to understand this to make myself better! Every audience matters to me.
Q. What has been your motivating force in your 22-year career so far?
I want to make my family proud…that’s all.
Q. With the release of the film on OTT, do you feel free from the Friday pressure?
No, no… that pressure will always be there. Your movie is about to be released, people are going to watch it, they are going to judge whether the movie is good or bad. This period is very stressful.
Q. What movies are you busy with after
A. There are two films, a film I produced SSS 7 and another film, “Ghoomar”, which is about to be finished.
Q. As in
you play the role of a CM, if you are given the chance, what change would you like to bring to the country?
I wish we could improve our civic sense. We also have a responsibility to our country and our government. We have become very comfortable asking why the government does not do this for us. John F Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask yourself what you can do for your country. So I think we can start with Civic Sense. Drive in one lane, don’t cross a red light, don’t spit on the road, don’t litter anywhere…these are the little things I would like to change.