Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit coming together for Total Dhamaal is a big comeback statement for you...
God has always been kind to me.
Ajay Devgn is a part of this project, right. We had reported it first on October 29...
You were bang on target, and we also have Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaaferi.
Who is the actress opposite Ajay?
That is yet to be decided. May I add here that the film starts rolling in January 2018.
Grand Masti Poster
You struggled a bit – launching your daughter and a couple of your movies didn’t do well...
(Interrupts) I would like to correct you here. It’s not that the film in question you talking about, Great Grand Masti I guess, didn’t do well. It was leaked online and the whole world saw it. So why would they come to the theatres?
Yes, it was leaked before release...
If leaked before release, even a Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir Khan movie will flop.
When Udta Punjab leaked online, the film’s business was affected to such a large extent...
Udta Punjab was leaked a few days before its release as opposed to Great Grand Masti which found its way to the Internet more than a month before. Sabb bolte hain ki woh picture chali nahin, but I want to clarify ki picture chal sakti thi--- but it didn’t get a fair chance.
Phir bhi aap log bolte hain ki film nahin chali... The film would have made Rs 150 crore at the box-office had it not been leaked. My target audience was awaiting this project impatiently.
How did you think of making Total Dhamaal?
If I have made Part 1 and 2, why wouldn’t I make Part 3?
Dhamaal & Double Dhamaal Posters
It has been a long time since you made the last Dhamaal...
Koi baat nahin. I take my sweet time. Jab mujhe khudko maza aata hai, to hi main film banata hoon. Main film apni khushi ke liye banata hoon, doosron ki khushi ke liye nahin.
Will Total Dhamaal be bigger than 1 and 2?
What do you think?
You have roped in two Bollywood bigwigs Anil and Ajay, so...
(Interrupts) Not 2 but 3– Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Madhuri Dixit.
Did your friendship and ‘Beta’ connection with Madhuri help you here?
Woh to hamesha kaam aata hai. Someone asked me some time ago that how I got Madhuri on board? Yeh aapne kaise kiya? I simply told the person: ‘Ye maine nahin kiya, script ne kiya.’ Agar script achchi hoti hai to sab judd jaate hain, script kharaab hoti hai to sabb bhaag jaate hain.
Ever since Madhuri returned to the country, we have seen her mainly in TV shows...
Madhuri is a volcano of talent whose talent hasn't be utilised to the fullest after she returned from the US. I just can't wait to start Total Dhamaal with her; her chemistry with Anil is simply great.
Even in a serious, non-romantic film like Parinda, their chemistry was amazing...
They are both such fine actors. To top it, there is Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jafferi.
Anil and Ajay, who are largely known for serious roles, are back to doing a comedy together in Total Dhamaal...
Anil has been part of many comedy films such as Welcome and No Entry among others. Ditto for Ajay.
Did you think of Ajay after the success of Golmaal Again?
I signed Ajay 6 months ago. I don’t look at the actor’s last film’s performance. I apply the same rule to myself too. I am well aware that we will deliver when the time is right.
Who are the writers of Total Dhamaal?
It’s team work, but the writers are – Ved Prakash ( Chief Associate Director), Paritosh Painter and Bunty Rathore. I have joined this talented team of writers too (laughs).
Why did you venture towards sex comedies for a long time? It took us by surprise, considering the family entertainment you were churning out prior to that...
I enjoyed making the sex comedies. The youth loves this franchise. Harr tarah ki audience hoti hai. My aim is to please every kind of audience.
The music of Beta was a super hit. Are similar things planned for Total Dhamaal? With Anil and Madhuri in the film, people will be looking out for melodies...
I need maza in the film. Let's hope for the best. I haven't signed any music director yet.
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