Rohit Shetty is known as a film maker whose films have a massive mass appeal and is mainly for single screen audience. His last release Diwali could not live up to the expectations at the box office.
In a recent interview with Komal Nahta, the director talked about the response to Dilwale and his rumoured friction with lead actor Shahrukh Khan. The director denied the existence of any sort of differences with SRK. He went on to elaborate that since he gets credited for the success of blockbusters, he should also be held responsible for the failure of Dilwale.
Rohit confessed, “Dilwale is the only film I have made without conviction, yet. I got intimidated by the need to cater to Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s massive fan following. The initial film was to be a tri-hero project about three brothers and Kajol’s track was to be of a mere four to five scenes. This change was also by my own willful voluntariness. We went wrong with it, in the process.
“Critics, friends and others would come to meet me and tell me that they’d gone to the theatre to watch my brand of film, which wasn’t what they saw,” he added.
He also went on to talk about his much publicised remake of Ram Lakhan.
“We finished the scripting of ‘Ram Lakhan’ and started approaching the current crop of young actors in Bollywood. But all of them were apprehensive about doing a two-hero project and wanted to do a solo film with me. But the lesson I learnt from ‘Dilwale’ made me stick to my conviction and I decided to keep the script aside, temporarily.”
Rohit has also confirmed that at the moment he has Golmaal 4 and a solo project with a young star in his hands.