Sanjay Gupta is the man who has been one of the most tech savvy filmmakers around and knows his men, as apparent in macho entertainers like Kaante, Zinda, Musafir and Shootout franchises.
No wonder, when the two decided to join hands for Kaabil with Hrithik Roshan in the lead, it was pretty much on the cards that the film would bring in the right mix of emotions, style and performances.
“I have been a huge fan of Sanjay and have been interacting with him for last two-three years. He used to discuss quite a few subjects with me and I was looking forward to work with him since he is superb when it comes to technically mounting a film,” says Rakesh Roshan, “When he and I sat on the script of Kaabil, I told him he was the right person to direct the film since he could give it a certain edge.”
The best part of this collaboration was the fact that the trio of Rakesh Roshan, Sanjay Gupta and Hrithik Roshan was on the same page from the very first day.
“Absolutely,” says Roshan Sr., “There was no ego amongst us that aisa nahi hona chahiye ya phir woh tareeka better hai. Yes, we used to have discussions but eventually agree on one approach. While shooting also if any dialogues were to be changed, Sanjay used to call me and confirm if I was okay with that. Sometimes I would agree, sometimes I had some other opinion. Eventually, we worked hands in gloves.”
These are the sentiments shared by Sanjay Gupta as well who has been in the industry for a couple of decades now, and is still eager to learn from the masters in the business.
“I am glad to have made Kaabil with Rakeshji since this way I have learnt something from him too,” says Sanjay Gupta, “I used to be quite elated when he shared some valuable suggestions around putting together a scene. The kind of emotions that he has brought to Kaabil has been an extraordinary contribution. I am glad to have someone like him out there to have such deep rooted knowledge of what a ‘desi’ Indian out there in the interior wants.”
“Well, that’s because I watch every film that gets released on a Friday and learn something out of it as well,” chips in Rakesh Roshan, “You get to know what emotions are working and what are not. That’s the only way to grow.”
We would love to see how this camaraderie eventually plays on screen once the Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam starrer releases all over on 25th January.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder