My family would get perturbed by my film choices-Sharman Joshi
The actor had rejected prestigious banners and solo hero projects in the past. But his decisions have now paid off
Indu Mirani (BOMBAY TIMES; June 17, 2012)
You waited a long time for a film like Ferrari Ki Sawaari…
I’ve not waited for anything; I’ve been doing what I have to do, which is acting. I want to do films that excite me, and if that takes time, I am committed to myself to give it that amount of time. I always knew that there would be this one special film which would change things for me, in terms of my commercial box office standing.
You didn’t think 3 Idiots would be that film?
I’m saying this only from the box office point of view. 3 Idiots was an ensemble film, so the market looks at it differently. It was a huge turning point in my life but Ferrari… is going to take my journey one step ahead.
So only solo hero films for you now?
Not at all. The next film I do could be an ensemble cast. I think it’s a bit shallow to only look at what you have to do in a film. For me, it’s the script and the story that’s really important. I want to do all sorts of genres, all sorts of characters. I’m here for the long haul and I’d like to reassure my audience that I am going to make their money, time and energy count.
What are the sort of films you have rejected while waiting for this special project?
Across the board, all sorts of films. Some have gone on to become hits with the actors who did them. My family and friends are as perturbed as everyone else by the choices I have made, especially when I have rejected some prestigious banners and solo hero projects. I have a journey and a destination in mind. It’s not about positioning myself. I want to work with love, passion and honesty. If I do 10 great films in this lifetime, I’ll be proud of myself. I want to set new benchmarks and tread a path that has not been tread before.
Films in which mothers play a stellar role are common, but when you see a man being a good father it captures your heart. Do you agree?
Absolutely. This was virgin territory and I can’t understand how no one thought of this before. It was a film waiting to happen and I’m very grateful it was I who brought the emotion to life.
In today’s scenario, the one genre that appeals across single-screen theatres and multiplexes is action. Do you see yourself doing an action film?
I don’t think it’s about action. Look at 3 Idiots, which is the highest grossing film. Besides, today its Rs 100 crore, tomorrow it could be Rs 200 crore or 500 crore. Like I said earlier, I’m here for the long haul and you can expect blockbusters from me. I’m here for entertainment and I believe in that completely. I will provide quality cinema with a hawk’s eye on the box office.
You are a father to three children. Did you use your experience in your portrayal of a father in the film?
Actually, I make a conscious effort not to do that. Taking emotions from your personal life and using them in your film is, I feel, spoiling the purity of the performance and being dishonest to the script. Besides, it is the easy way out. The script is the Bible for me and it is my duty to perform what it dictates; what is the vision of the director. At the same time, I see that I don’t over-study the script.
Ferrari Ki Sawaari is produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Eros International.
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