How would you describe your film Singham?
I'd say unabashedly that Singham is an action packed entertainer of the year starring Ajay Devgn and Kajal Aggarwal. As you know, Singham is a Hindi remake of the Tamil Blockbuster film called 'Singham'. As a director, I enjoy making a film, whether it is a comedy film or for that matter, an action film.
There is humor in Singham though you cannot call it a comedy. Even when I set out to make the Golmaal series, we did not know that the series will turn out to be a big hit.
It is for the first time that you have set out to do a remake.
It is only now when there is media explosion that people come to know that remakes are being made. It isn't something that is new. Nagarjun had made the remake of Phool Aur Kaante and Chiranjeevi had made the remake of Munnabhai MBBS...
What new dimensions you have added to Ajay's most loved avatar in Singham?
Ajay Devgn will be seen in a beefed up avatar in Singham. He had gone through a special training to get in shape for the role of Inspector Bajirao Singham, an honest cop, who is diligent and honoured and fights against injustice and prejudice using his own ethics and principles, in the backdrop of Shivgad, a small village in the border of Maharashtra and Goa. Singham is about his tryst with Rakesh Kadam's family that makes him realize the importance to bring a change in the system by eradicating the root cause Jaykant Shikre, by not going against the law of force but by being a powerful part of it.
How is Ajay as a producer?
Ajay is one of the finest actors we have in Bollywood, who has to his credit two National Awards for Zakham and Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Ajay is not only a great actor and director, but also a fabulous producer, who does not interfere at all with his director, since he has this open door policy, where every one in the unit, right from the spot boy to the director chips in with his or her own ideas, though he leaves the director the freedom to implement whatever idea her wants to incorporate in his film.
In action flicks villain plays an important role, what challenge does Prakash Raj gives to Ajay in the film?
Prakash Raj plays a tremendously powerful criminal cum politician Jaykant Shikre who challenges Singham's morals and beliefs. A sudden strike of destiny pits Singham against the Jaykant's powerful planning and force makes Singham land up in the ruling city of Jaykant Shikre, the city of 'Goa', where he leaves no stone unturned to make Singham's life a nightmare to live.
How did you zero in on Kajal Agarwal to play the lead opposite Ajay?
I needed an actress to play Singham's supportive girlfriend Kavya. Southern beauty Kajal Agarwal is debuting in Bollywood with Singham. She has a body of work down South out of which her Telugu film 'Magadheera' has been her biggest commercial success. Ajay and I felt that it is better that we cast an actress who is experienced but at the same time not exposed in Bollywood and hence we cast Kajal.
Do you think remakes are safe bets today in the industry?
I was lucky that our Golmaal series clicked at the box office, though it is very difficult to predict what the audience will like these days. No one wants to make a flop. If, out of the 200 films that are being made in Bollywood every year, only 10 succeed and they are either remakes or for that matter sequels, I feel it is a safe bet to make a remake or a sequel.
When are you launching Golmaal 4?
I think we should give a gap of at least two years before we come up with a sequel, like we had a gap between the releases of the earlier series of Golmaal.
Did you ever plan to take up acting too, like your late father Shettysaab?
I know that in front of the camera I will be a bad and pathetic actor and hence I will never try my hand at acting at all and just concentrate on direction.
Have you thought in terms of casing Ajay and Kajol together in a film of yours?
If I get the right script that would do justice to both of them, I am game to cast Ajay and Kajol together in my film.