Action films

Rohit Roy: I won’t make stupid action movies

By Yashika Mathur

Mumbai: Actor Rohit Roy returns to the big screen in the action drama ‘Mumbai Saga’, which hits theaters on Friday. He loves doing high-octane action roles, but says he won’t stick to that genre.

“There’s a thing for action in me because male actors always want to do action movies. But I don’t see myself doing that. For me, it’s important that the action or thriller movie I’m a part of has a story behind it and my character moves that story. Silly action isn’t a genre I see myself fitting in. For me, whether it’s ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’ or ‘ Kaabil’, there must be a story between the actions”, says Rohit.

Rohit loves “Mumbai Saga” director Sanjay Gupta. The filmmaker has already directed Rohit in “Kaabil”, and he is also the writer-producer of “Shootout At Lokhandwala”.

“I’m always thrilled to be part of the action films that Sanjay Gupta makes because he knows his heroes very well. Each character is presented with a panache that only Sanjay Gupta can lend to his male characters,” explains the actor.

With the reopening of cinemas, filmmakers hope to ring the cash registers. “Mumbai Saga” is one of the first big budget Bollywood films to hit theaters after the cinemas opened. Rohit thinks audiences need the magic of movies in theaters again.

“Entertainment is something people need to get the emotions out of their lives. So they need to go to the cinema to see movies on the big screen, to forget their misfortunes and worries of the day, month or year, and we all know what we have been through during the past year. So with the arrival of ‘Mumbai Saga’, there is so much hope not only in the industry but also in the public, that the films will come out,” he says.

Of course, the actor issues a warning.

“Not only Bollywood, but the world is returning to normal days. These are difficult times. We still have to be careful. We can’t believe that just because the vaccine came out, things came out. In retrospect, vaccines exist for various diseases, but it takes a long time for things to go back to normal, even if we limp back to normal. Life has returned on the slow train, but we should all understand that it is a slow train. Don’t try to take the fast train,” he says.