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I have been choosing films that I’d love to watch. Johnny Gaddaar was unconventional but it was a commercial film...

February 25, 2009 1:49:35 am

Neil Nitin Mukesh may be taking up unconventional projects but he believes that cinema should be larger-than-life

You debuted in Johnny Gaddaar with a character that had grey shades. Your next release Aa Dekhen Zara is a sci-fi meets superhero movie. As a newbie in the industry,have you not been taking quite a few risks?
I have been choosing films that I’d love to watch. Johnny Gaddaar was unconventional but it was a commercial film. And if Krrish and Koi Mil Gaya were successful entertainers,then I don’t see why Aa Dekhen Zara is risky. Yes,it does have a larger-than-life element—a camera that predicts the future— but the treatment is simple. In fact,I have always loved such films. I grew up watching Amitabh Bachchan’s Toofan or Shahenshah.

But currently the common man is the hero. Aren’t you then stuck in the era of your father and grandfather?
I may sound like a follower of old-school but cinema,to me,is supposed to be larger than life. I miss the powerful dialogues and well-etched characters of yesteryear. Aren’t the most memorable characters in cinema the ones that have been larger than life? Like Gabbar Singh?

You had quite a few offers,so why did you trust debut directors Sriram Raghavan and Jehangir Surti to start your career with?
I was a debutant once and they trusted me too. Besides,they all belong to the same camp of progressive filmmaking. We all envision cinema the same way. Their style of filmmaking,though contemporary,incorporates a retro feel,the way Johnny Gaddaar did.

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