Sajid Khan is one of the Bollywood directors who is bold and doesn't mind experimenting on silver screen. The director has given hit movies like Heyy Babyy and Housefull series. It is time for his next release, Humshakals.
After his hit movies, Sajid never turned back and believed that he is a good director. However, after the debacle of Himmatwala, Sajid realised that he must return back to his comedy genre. However, Sajid worked hard and is back with his next comedy release, Humshakals which has his lucky mascot Riteish Deshmukh, and friend, Ram Kapoor. We will also get to see Saif Ali Khan in the movie. All the three lead actors are playing triple roles and Sajid promises that the movie is 9 times more fun.
Humshakals trailer received mixed response and we hope Sajid Khan comes back with a bang on silver screen. Here is our exclusive interview with Humshakals director, Sajid Khan.
After Himmatwala flopped miserably, you accepted in front of media that it was your arrogance. When did you realise this?
The debacle of Himmatwala somewhere benefited my personal life because I am the same man who got so many fans, lovers and then suddenly was ignored. One of the reasons behind this is, I was not earning respect but snatching it. I was saying people that I have given hit films so respect me. When the movie released, people gave stars to me and not the film, some gave 0, some 1 and a few gave ½ stars. This was the time when I realised that I had done a blunder. Since then I started writing Humshakals. I started with double roles, then triple role of 2 individuals and then finally ended up with 3 individuals playing triple roles which is still not done in the industry.
It was rumoured that Humshakals is a copy of 1982's film, Angoor.
I knew that this news will come up in the media, but it is not true. Whenever a movie is based on double role, the stars are basically playing sibling based roles. However, Humshakals is nothing like that and the movie is focused on look-alike.
It is said that the success of Humshakals can make you arrogant again. What do you think?
What do you think? I can confidently tell that it won't happen again. Since beginning I knew that my greatest strength is my job and my ability. But I did not know my weaknesses. My anger, my ego was the weakest part. But not anymore. Earlier if the media covered negative things about me, i used to feel that they have disrespected me and i should disrespect them now. I started feeling that I am the best and did not see anyone who could compete with me. If Himmatwala would have been a hit, I could have gone mad, and not sit here.
Ram Kapoor says that when you met him after Himmatwala and offered Humshakals, he was really happy to get his old friend back.
I remember it was 31st December when I met Ram and he asked me for a scene in my movie. That time I asked him to call me. When we met next and spent a lot of time together, eh was really happy.
So will you try your hands on other genres as well?
I don't want to restrict to comedy films only, but my audience wants me to work in this genre. I feel Himmatwala flopped as audience expected it to be a comedy but it was not. Now I will only make comedy films and won't upset my audience. I think I should not take so much burden and give audience what movie they want.
When Himmatwala flopped, people spoke really negative about you. Now if Humshakals flop, how would you feel?
I have not done a sin, but just made a flop film. People blamed me because I was at fault. But I am sure, if Humshakals flop, then people will not feel good. In fact, they will feel bad for me.
Why didn't Himmatwala work?
I have always thought to make hit films, but never think on making good films. But this time I made a good film. I thought to keep box office aside and make a good film. My mother did not like Himmatwala at all. After watching the movie, my mom said that what have you made Sajid. This is not your type of movie. To this I said mummy that you do not know, this movie will make 100 crore.
What does your mom feel about Humshakals?
After finishing the script, I gave it to my mom and she read it whole night. Next morning my mom said wish Humshakals was my first movie and not Heyy Babyy. I can't believe that my son has come out from television and made this film. My mom said this a really good movie.
Is your relationship with Ajay the same after Himmatwala flopped?
Yes, our friendship is the same and I often talk to him as well. He is one of my really close friends. The box office of a film is not that important as the bond that develops when you work with your stars. Relationships come to an end but what matters is the good times that you have spent together.
What was the reason behind casting Saif?
About 1 or 1 ½ years back, Saif called me asked to write a script for him. So, I read the script to Saif and he immediately said Yes.
Does Ajay also feel that making Himmatwala was a mistake?
When a movie becomes hit, the director and actor benefits. Same way, when a movie flops, both director and actor suffers. So its obvious that making Himmatwala was a big mistake.
When are you planning to tie the knot?
No clue, people are tired of telling me. Its you who decides whom you want to spend the rest of your life with. I think I am responsible for my failed relationships as I have always kept them private and not spoken anything about it.
Your movies have comedy but not sex-comedy. Any specific reason behind it?
I made my Bollywood debut with Heyy Babyy because I am very close to babies and just love them. Even Farah's kids are really close to me. May be this is the reason why I don't bring vulgarity on-screen, and I am really happy about it. I feel I will make a good father!