A warm welcome to Bollywood....
What's so unique and special about 'Bodyguard' that you are equally excited to do it again and again?
'Bodyguard' is a universal subject. People understand the language of entertainment. Whether it's Hindi, Tamil or Malayalam.
What care have you taken for the Bollywood version?
Of course, the Hindi remake is very different from the other two films. This is the third time I'm making 'Bodyguard'. In Malayalam, it was a super hit. The Tamil version starring Vijay and Asin also was a blockbuster. In Malayalam, actor Dilip plays a guy next door. In Tamil, Vijay play a macho character while maintaining his lover boy image. Both were also students in the college. But in the Hindi version, we have made significant changes without touching the soul of the film keeping in mind the image of superstar Salman Khan. Here Salman is hired as a Bodyguard in the film to Kareena who is a post graduate student. It's an action packed love story.
What new dimensions you have added to Salman Khan in the film; he is fabulous in the action cuts shown in the promos?
Like the trend that started with 'Wanted', in 'Bodyguard' also Salman has not used body doubles and done those action scenes and its better. Thanks to action director Vijayan Master who has worked well with Salman and given those great action shots.
The story behind Salman saying yes to Bodyguard...
It happened during 'Dabangg' time. One of our common friends Nirupama was the link. A screening was arranged. Salman saw the film and immediately agreed.
Why the delay in entering Bollywood?
I was getting offers and I needed something universal to make my debut in Bollywood. 'Bodyguard' gave me the opportunity, I'm happy that a superstar like Salman agreed to do the film. As a director I am a newcomer in Bollywood.
Salman as an actor and as a person
Salman is an actor who gets very involved with the character. The innocence in him was the key ingredient required for his character in 'Bodyguard' and he has done full justice. He is not only a good actor but a good human being also. During the shoot I never felt that am working with a superstar. Very involved focused and keen in his work; no ego.
Kareena... Whose choice? Your? Salman?
Kareena was a joint decision between Salman and me. Kareena is perfect combo of good looks and talent. She is calm controlled has her unique style and individuality which she brings it in her role.
Any unforgettable moment during the shoot of bodyguard which you would like to share?
I have enjoyed shooting every moment of 'Bodyguard' with Salman and Kareena. Can't tell you one single moment. The entire journey has been such a delightful experience.
Why not the fourth installment then?
I've made the film thrice; another time would be an overkill for me! Plus, after working in Bollywood, where the canvas is so huge, I don't want to come down to a level where I'm restricted due to budget and other constrains. They have found a new filmmaker and I'm sure he will do justice to the movie.
Which Bollywood flick would you like to remake?
You cannot repeat the brilliance created in the original if you are doing a remake. For me if I am going to remake a movie, I will have to make sure that I make it better than the original otherwise it's not worth and for that you need tremendous expertise.
Any movie in mind?
Don't know when but would like to do 'Taare Zameen Par', 'Jab We Met'...
What's your gut feeling for 'Bodyguard'? How confident you are?
I'm confident, not overconfident. I have full faith in Salman Khan and the language of entertainment in 'Bodyguard'.
All the very best
Thank you so much.