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    “List banao, sabak sikhao” – Guddu Dhanoa

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Monday, April 23, 2007
    Guddu Dhanoa is a happy man. In spite of his BIG BROTHER arriving 4 years after it was announced, it has done well in single screens up North, its target audience. When number of other recent releases have failed to create any impact at the box office, Sunny Deol’s growl has surprisingly found an acceptance by his loyal fans.

    BIG BROTHER took a long time to reach theaters. You must have been certainly hassled over last 4 years.

    First and foremost I would like to set this misconception right about BIG BROTHER being a delayed film. A delayed film is something like just released NEHLLE PE DEHLLA which came 4-5 years after being ready for release. Whereas in case of BIG BROTHER it was hardly the case. Yes, there was a 10-day shooting which happened 4 years back but it was only in July 2006 that we resumed shooting. We shot for 62 days and it was during this period when we even re-shot the portions that we had covered for those 10 days.

    But then why change the title?

    For the sheer reason of film not sounding stale. The world was aware that Guddu Dhanoa and Sunny Deol had started work on DEODHAR GANDHI years back and it made sense to rename it to BIG BROTHER to give it a fresh approach. The title is quite relevant to the character played by Sunny too.

    Priyanka Chopra doesn’t look quite fresh though. It seems her scenes have been retained from her earlier shooting days.

    Hardy the case. She is on screen what she was last year when the film was being shot. Though the film obviously is centered on Sunny’s character, she has done well in what is required from a leading heroine in an action film like this.

    What prompted you to stick on to the subject in spite of such a delay?

    The subject is very close to my heart. I wanted to raise certain issues on screen which we read on newspapers or hear on news channels but hardly react. Yes, we get angry but then for how long? A day gets over and we move on to something different. There were so many issues that were getting internalized in me and I wanted that anger to come out through my film.

    Do you want to elaborate on these issues?

    Has it ever made sense to you why some people love to pelt stones on a moving train? Or throw acid on unsuspecting females? Molest young kids? Throw their families out of home? These are some of the things that have made me angry over the years. I discussed the same with Sunny Deol and the idea about making the film came up.

    Why Sunny?

    See, even my film’s tagline says that ‘Every Family Has A Hero’. Now this hero could be a brother, a father, a sister or a wife – could be just about anyone. Aisa kyi hota hai har ghar mein jisse lagta hai ki agar yeh hai toh sab theek ho jaayega! The family in my film has such a hero in the form of Sunny Deol.

    Isn’t it disappointing to see the film not getting a good multiplex release?

    The film did deserve a multiplex audience but I am happy to see it faring so well at single screens, especially up north. I love to cite an example of VIVAH here. The film’s success has to be attributed more to single screens that multiplexes. Look at the way it is running even after 23 weeks. Tell me how many of the theaters showing it are multiplexes? I am confident about my film and sure that single screens would get distributors their moolah back.

    Fans of your films are missing those car crashes and other stunts in BIG BROTHER.

    [Laughs] Kya Karen? Earlier people used to get into theaters to watch these stunts. Now they don’t go in at all of they get to know that a film is full of such stunts. Times have changed. This is the reason why there are more of hand to hand fights in the film than flying cars!

    Last but not the least, the film is said to be too violent.

    I fail to understand why a Guddu-Sunny film is branded as an out-and-out action film in spite of emotional moments being the backbone of the script. Look at ZIDDI, SALAAKHEN – each of them had an emotional undercurrent but somehow media loves to slot our pair as the one which only gives high-on-action flicks. Yes, here too Sunny gets angry but with a purpose. His mantra is – Jo sab issues create karte hain, un sabki list banao aur sabak sikhao!


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