Prabhudeva speaks about his Bollywood stint so far
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People credit you for reviving the action genre in Bollywood with Wanted. Your thoughts?
It is not me. I was just assigned the task of directing the film. The credit should go to Boney Kapoor who put his money in Wanted and had faith that it would do well. Also, Salman Khan, who took the risk of playing an action hero, when for years he had done romances or comedies.
Would you like to try your hand at any other genre?
The problem is, even if I want to do something else, my producers won't allow me. Even if I suggest something, they say, 'Nahin nahin, we want an action film.' Everyone wants me to do action, but my next Ramaiya Vastavaiya is also a feel-good love story.
You are working with newcomer Girish Taurani in Ramaiya Vastavaiya after working with stars like Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar. How was the experience?
When you have big actors, you know their style and presence can carry half the film on their shoulders. But I wanted to do this film because of the story. I have to work harder on the actor and that is a challenge for me.
Action films are often regarded as mindless entertainers. Do you agree?
I believe a movie has to be entertaining and it has to make money. If it satisfies these two criteria, it is a good film.
You have worked only on remakes so far. Don't you want to tell original stories?
Rambo Rajkumar with Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha is my story. But I believe a lot in team work. So I also have a story writer, a screenplay writer and a dialogue writer. Each of them gives a new perspective to the film.
Are you a meticulous director or do you let the film develop as you shoot?
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