Rahul Dholakia Curated

Indian film director, producer, and screenwrite...

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  • Raees has taken 5 years to make. What’s been your biggest learning from this experience?

    I think working collaboratively with so many people. I did that for Parzania too, but this was different. It’s a big film ya. I'm not used to such large distribution and box office numbers. Raees’s one day collection is more than the lifetime collections of all my films! I'm still absorbing and understanding that. To me they are just numbers, it’s not sinking in. Someone tells me it’s made Rs 21 crores on a working Wednesday and I think Parzania ne toh Rs 2 crore ki thi. But I get upset when someone writes a bad review. For me that is box office. On Twitter too, you'll have a 100 people saying good things but if that one guy writes something bad, I keep thinking about it. I think that’s my problem.

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  • When you’re working with a superstar who has been around longer than you, how do you bring trust to the table?

    I always say this – and it applies not only to filmmaking but everywhere – the bigger party should reach out to the smaller party and make them feel comfortable and Shah Rukh did that on the first day. He invited me to his van to eat with him and I said no I eat with the unit. I have this indie spirit with which I made the film. So Shah Rukh came and sat with the rest of us. He came down to our space, and I thought now it’s up to us to go to his space, where he’s also comfortable. Once that happened, I think the trust just sets in.

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  • Parzania was made in 2005 and released nationwide in 2007. Lamhaa will be out in 2010. Why this gap?

    I was not ready with any script post Parzania. In fact, I did two years of research and only then started shooting for Lamhaa.

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  • You are tackling terrorism in Kashmir 'in Lamhaa'. Why do you like to take up controversial subjects?

    I like to tell stories that are real. When you say something true, it becomes controversial. It's not that I desire controversy; it's just that I want to tell the truth. And if you have to tell the truth, you need to do research and get your facts right. And once you do research, you come through so many stories that have not been told. People don't like to hear the truth in such situations but that is a risk we (filmmakers) take.

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  • Raees has been in the making since a long time. The film has also been re-shot and had to be toned down. Were you upset when the changes were done?

    A little bit. We had to tone down things along the way and things change, situation change. We look at the film, introspect, we see it and think it's going a little off the zone, so we did modify it along the way. Despite that, we are in Raees' world, which is good.

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  • How do you look at the pre-release appreciation for the film as far as dialogues are concerned?

    The dialogues are quite interesting in the film whether it is 'baniye ka dimaag, miyabhai ki daring' or 'battery nahi bolneka' or 'gujarati hawa mein vyapaar hai' or the 'ammi jaan kehti thi', there are many more in the film too. But they aren't being said as dialogues in the film.

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  • When a filmmaker explores the commercial genre, they don't go back to the niche films. Would you follow the same pattern?

    I don't think so and actually I don't know too. Right now I don't know what I want to do next.I like to tell good stories. The story has to be interesting. Who will star in the film will be next.If we start writing with superstars then it becomes difficult to write the film.

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  • When a filmmaker explores the commercial genre, they don't go back to the niche films. Would you follow the same pattern?

    I don't think so and actually I don't know too. Right now I don't know what I want to do next.I like to tell good stories. The story has to be interesting. Who will star in the film will be next.If we start writing with superstars then it becomes difficult to write the film.

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  • In Hollywood, they release a director's cut soon after the main release. Do you plan to do anything of that sort?

    No, by and large we are all on the same page in this. Fortunately the sensibilities and sensitivities are all matching. Now we have decided that this is the cut and we have all agreed on the cut.

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  • Was it difficult to get Shah Rukh Khan on board?

    When I met Shah Rukh, he also asked me the same question, 'why me?' So I said, 'There's a line in the film which I feel is your personality, 'baniye ka deemag, miyabhai ki daring' When you watch the film you will know. It needed some edginess, larger-than-life persona; it had to be a bit romantic but intense.Shah Rukh has played those kinds of roles in different films; it's not that he hasn't played it. His character in this film is layered, it has got a lot of shades in the film and he has been able to capture each one of them very well, which I think is brilliant.

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  • You are not known to make big commercial films. So how did Raees happen?

    When we wrote Raees, the script in itself became a little larger than life. I think it is a perfect blend of realistic and popular cinema. When I wrote the script and Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani read it, they asked, 'Who would you like for this role, give us five names'. I said 'I did like one, Shah Rukh Khan' . Soon after our script was complete, I had shared it with a few of my Indie film maker friends. They had asked me who I think should play the part and they had all laughed when I said 'Shah Rukh Khan.' This was because we had no access to Shah Rukh. He was graceful enough to see it in that spirit and take it up that way and he has done wonderfully in the film. He has given a brilliant performance.

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