Overseas, too, I have sold to all my distributors who have been associated with me for a long time. They also work hard to ensure that the film gets a good release, to see that the cinemas are in good shape, that the posters are properly displayed and the standees are properly displayed. That’s half my job done.
You always release your film in Tamil and Telugu. Do you have any specific marketing plan for Kaabil in that market?
Yes, I always release in Tamil and Telugu and I had told (Late) Yash Chopra when he was making Dhoom 2, that Tamil and Telugu is a great market for Hrithik’s films and that they must dub the film in these two languages. They did that and it was a very successful attempt for them. I always try to explore new territories and new subjects. You could say I am always on a journey of exploration.
You are one of the few solo producers who has consistently emerged as a winner. What’s your secret of success?
I don’t have a whole lot of traffic in my mind; I am not racing to make five films a year; and I don’t borrow money to make films, so I don’t have that burden ke maine kisi ke saath collaboration kiya hai toh chaar picture banani hi hai. I am an individual person. I make a film whenever I feel like it and when I have a subject. There is no point making a bad film. It is better to make one good film in three years than five bad films in three years.
Is that why you have never collaborated with a corporate house?
Yes, that is the reason.
From the first narration to the film being complete, how happy are you as Hrithik Roshan’s father and as the producer of Kaabil?
Both are very happy. As a father, I am very proud of him, that he is my son and that he is capable of doing roles like these. And as a director and a producer, I feel that nobody else could have justified the character and done this role better Hrithik has.
Yes, it was very much a deliberate decision because my entire team is young and they said that I must get on Twitter and Facebook. I was on Facebook before but I removed myself as it was too much for me. Twitter is okay as I sometimes scroll through. But once this film releases, I will stop because I feel it is a distraction.
Your films always appeal to every kind of film-goer.
Yes, I make films for everybody. From C class to B class stations, to multiplexes, to Europe, to the US, to Australia. Also, all generations not only youngsters, I want everyone to come see the film. So I make a wholesome film. Since I want everyone to enjoy the film, I don’t have any double entendre in the dialogue, and even if I have an item song in a film, it is not vulgar. I always feel that a film should be enjoyed with the whole family.
When will you start rolling Krrish 4?
Well, after the release of Kaabil, I will start the process of scripting for Krrish 4. I have an idea in mind and I will start working on it. As I said earlier, I don’t want any traffic. Once this film is out of my system, my mind will be free and I can start scripting my next.
Lastly, what is your message to the trade?
My message to the trade is that you should keep you egos in your pocket. And think before you leap.