Does Raksha come with a filmi background?
No, not at all! In fact I am a Masters in Chemistry and it so happened that I got in touch with Manish Malhotra, who happens to be a dear friend of mine and he introduced me to Dharmesh Darshan and this is how Bollywood happened! I went on to assist number of films with him like ‘Raja Hindustani’, ‘Dhadkan’ and ‘Mela’.
How did 'The Killer' happen?
We had been worked with Bhatts before so they knew where our strength and weakness lay. As soon as Mahesh Bhatt got an idea about an action thriller like 'The Killer', he summoned us and said that this is a kind of film that should suit the genre you like. There is a lot of fun and action in 'The Killer' and Bhatt saab thought that it should work with the audience. So he told us to go ahead and develop the plot and within 2 days we had it ready. As soon as he read it, he jumped and was highly excited and gave us a go ahead to further develop it into a screenplay.
How do you and Hasnain [co-director of ‘The Killer’] go about working together? Do you believe in dividing or sharing responsibilities?
Sharing them! Every decision that has gone into making this film, it has been done jointly. We have walked shoulder to shoulder on this project and haven't let any personal thoughts come in our way of coming with the film that we had envisioned. Yes, we have our strengths and weaknesses but we have used it to our advantage.
Has the 'thrilling' success of director duo Abbas Mustan an inspiration as well?
Oh, I simply adore Abbas Mustan. I know them since the time they were working with Ratan Jain [from Venus]. The kind of films they have made over the period of time has been phenomenal. See, two people working together has not been a new concept. My film has composer duo of Sajid-Wajid. Then production too is handled by Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt. If you look outside, there have been Nadeem Shravan and other composer duos too. So, it’s not a new thing after all.
Just like Abbas Mustan, does your strength too lie with action/thrillers?
No, we love to direct action/thrillers but it's not that we can't come up with a film belonging to other genres. But yes, if you ask me what excited me the most, it is an action thriller.
How about the music of the film? Except for the numbers 'Teri Yaadon Mein' and 'O Sanam', the others tracks by Sajid Wajid hardly sound appealing.
These songs too are an integral part of the film and when you watch the film you would realize that they are in conjunction with the narrative. Yes, first two songs that you mentioned are great and we have got good feedback for them as they are very unlike what has been seen in Bhatt films before. But wait for the remaining three and I am sure your opinion would change. You would soon see them hitting the roof; I am pretty confident about that.
Bhatts have launched directors like Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri and others who are now very much a part of the camp. Do you also have aspirations to be a part of the camp?
I would say it's not just now but we have been a part of the Bhatt camp for like 9 years now. Yes, this is the first time we are directing for them and we would certainly love to work with Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt since they make you feel so much at home. They have inspired, guided and supported us in our long journey so far and have given us a great platform for debut. If you look at it, Mukesh Bhatt is so good when it comes to publicizing, marketing and promoting his film, so it's an area where we don't really have to loose sleep over. On the other hand Mahesh Bhatt is always bubbling with ideas for the betterment of the film and gives numerous valuable inputs from the writing and execution point of view. When you work with people like these two, there is an obvious safety blanket and security net. We would love to continue with them but having said that we are open to offers from other production houses as well. In fact there have been a couple of good offers that have come our way and Bhatts are not of the kinds who have any objections to that.