Often described as “the king of masala films”, Shetty reveals what went down on his movie set
Mumbai: Rohit Shetty’s movies have become synonymous with flying cars! The director is also aware of this as he said, “If someone blasts a car in their film, people will say this is a Rohit Shetty scene.” While interacting with MyNation in Mumbai, Shetty spoke about his latest release Simmba and said, “It has turned out really well. I rarely say this about my films. Some films are very close to my heart and this is one of them. The promo is also very clear, there is no question of people not understanding the film. It’s like a complete package, a wholesome entertainer. Now we are leaving it up to the audience.”
The cop film has Ranveer Singh in and as Simmba, who Rohit Shetty describes as, “a cop with a negative shade. He is dishonest, takes bribe but still is lovable. No matter how bad a person Simmba is, Ranveer has won the director’s heart not only with his acting skills but also with his nature. The director said, “It was great working with him. I think this collaboration will go on for years now. He is full of energy and a great actor. Most importantly, he is a good human being. If a good actor is a bad human being, then it becomes a tension on the set. He is like a kid who mingles with everyone on the set and makes them laugh. He has a good heart.”
The director who Ranveer Singh describes as “the king of masala films” feels it is very difficult to make commercial cinema. Talking about the same, he said, “It is the most difficult job to make commercial films. It’s sad that people look down upon these films. Anyone can shoot a nice scene inside a room but it’s not so easy to do the same on the main road with 2000 people.” Of late, content-driven films have been receiving immense love from the audience while some big budget commercial films have failed to leave a mark at the box office. This does not affect Rohit Shetty as he feels it’s a temporary phase. Commenting on this, the Golmaal Again helmer said, “It’s a phase which comes and goes. Some big films won't do well, some small films won't do well, some big films will get really good numbers and some small films will become superhit— this is how the journey has been of the industry. I have been seeing this for so many years. There is nothing to worry about.”
The film’s leading lady, Sara Ali Khan, has just made her Bollywood debut with Kedarnath earlier this month. Rohit is extremely impressed with the newcomer and said, “She has that energy of a commercial heroine. She is a superstar. As a young actor, I think she has that quality. I feel she has a bright future. She is a complete actor for any kind of cinema.”
Rohit Shetty is very popular not only among the audience but also among most of the B-Town actors who express eagerness to work with him. How does it feel to hear that? The filmmaker smiled and said, “I feel pressurized to hear this but at the same time I feel lucky to know that people want to work with me. This happens rarely with directors. I feel blessed. It’s not that I am doing a great job. I have not made a Mother India. But still people like me, they want to work with me, they want to watch my films. I feel lucky!”
Rohit Shetty's Simmba starring Sara Ali Khan and Ranveer Singh in the lead hits theatres on Friday.
Last Updated Dec 28, 2018, 1:07 PM IST