Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has said “two big heroes” do not want to work together, shelving the plans for Ram Lakhan remake. “Two big heroes don’t want to work together. They just want to promote each other’s films on social media. I don’t know why they are insecure. So, it’s not happening,” he said.
Shetty reportedly wanted to remake Ram Lakhan - a 1989 film that starred Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff
Asked about making more Golmaal films, he said: “If this one will work, I will make another part but only with the right story.”
What about Singham 3? “It’s a very big brand. It’s given us a lot of respect. We will definitely make Singham 3. We make films for the audience. When they will want us to stop, we will stop,” he said.
After superstar Salman Khan’s Tubelight failed to pull the masses to the theatres this year, the film industry had pinned hopes on Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal, which again left many disappointed.
Asked about the poor performance at the box office in 2017, Shetty said, “It has been a very bad year. There have been years like this. I still remember when I was doing Golmaal Returns (2008), we had the same lull period. After every five years, there comes a period like this. It’s bad for the industry.”
Going by the history of cinema, all kinds of genres, directors and actors have been there in every era, he said.
“When Manmohan Desai was making Amar Akbar Anthony, Hrishikesh Mukherjee was making Golmaal. If Amitabh Bachchan was doing Sholay, he was also doing Anand. Now, we are differentiating between art and all. It’s just that presentation changes sometimes. There have been some years when the audience rejected everything and we don’t know why. So, it’s a phase and it will end very soon. We don’t need to worry or panic ‘ki kya banayenge’ (what to make),” added Shetty, who has made blockbusters like Chennai Express and Singham.
He is coming back with another Golmaal film - Golmaal Again, which is the fourth part in the series. Shetty isn’t worried about the film clashing with Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar at the box office this Diwali. “Golmaal and Fashion came together. Both the films did well. There are so many films and only 52 Fridays (in a year) so, there will be a clash,” he said.
The Dilwale director said he has even watched the trailer of Secret Superstar, which is based on the story of a child who aspires to be a singer. “Aamir is there so obviously it will be a great film. But luckily, the genres are different and it’s Diwali time so there is space,” said Shetty.
“I am not going to say that ‘I want to make films that will change cinema’. That will never happen. No one will be able to do it,” he added.
The Golmaal series, he said, is an entertaining franchise and that’s why it’s constantly aired on the small screen.
“Golmaal 3 released seven years ago, but it is still fresh. It’s fresh because it’s on satellite, and it’s on satellite because the family audience watches it every time,” he said.
For him, genre is not important. “Whether it is a love story or action, it has to be entertaining. Any film of mine, the budget is always very high. I don’t want my producer to suffer a loss. If I say ‘I’ve made a film based on my passion’, but the producer doesn’t get profit... I should put in my own money then. I want them to be safe,” said Shetty, who has produced Golmaal Again in association with Reliance Entertainment and Mangal Murti Films.
Drawing the audience to the theatre is equally important to him. “Today, there are TV, Amazon, Netflix and so many films. There is also piracy. So, how do I make you take your car keys, go all the way to the theatre after facing the heavy traffic and all...that is also very important. We all need to think about it now,” he said.