Jolly LLB 2 got rave reviews. What do you have to say about that?
I am elated with the way the film has been received by the people, especially because it has a far more complex and far-fetched plot than the first film. I was initially very curious or nervous to see how people would react to it but it feels good to know that your film is getting the appreciation it deserves.
You have announced that Jolly LLB 3 is in the pipeline. Can you elaborate?
It’s too soon to talk about the third instalment. In principle, there is an agreement that we will explore a third part but we can only talk about it once the script is ready. At the moment, we are just happy with how Jolly LLB 2 has been treated by the industry as well as the audience.
Did a third instalment come to mind after the overwhelming response to Jolly LLB 2 or had you already planned on a franchisee?
I have many concepts for the Jolly series in mind. But I have to admit that the response to Jolly LLB 2 did influence our decision to take the franchise forward.
Do box-office numbers matter to you? Also, what matters more, collections or footfalls?
I would be lying if I said numbers don’t matter but numbers or collections are not everything. Audience reactions, footfalls and repeat viewing are more important.
How important is it to make socially relevant cinema?
I make films because I see great potential in this medium. Since I am a filmmaker, I believe that I have a responsibility to address certain social issues. But that doesn’t mean that I will only make socially relevant cinema. I am open to making other kinds of movies as well.
Is there a possibility that SRK might star in Jolly LLB 3, knowing that you had approached him for Jolly LLB?
Right now, I can’t talk about the star cast because we don’t have a script ready. At this very moment, we just have the intention to carry the series forward and make a third instalment.
Is every filmmaker trying to follow the Raju Hirani brand of cinema?
Rajkumar Hirani is the best thing to have happened to Hindi cinema after the great Raj Kapoor saab. If filmmakers of today are trying to tell stories in his style, then it’s a great thing for our cinema.
How would you slot Jolly LLB?
Honestly, I can’t define the space Jolly is in. I leave that to the common man. I don’t believe in slotting films. For me, it’s a socially relevant film that has a lot of entertainment too.
In a tug-of-war between content-driven films and masala films, what seems to be the ultimate solution?
I strongly believe that as long as we tell stories with honesty and 100-per cent conviction, we will see good films being made. It is very clear that the audience is increasingly appreciating good content, which is welcome news. It has now been proved that mass entertainers can also be made with powerful stories that connect with the audience.
Do you have any other projects besides Jolly LLB 3?
As a story teller, I have many ideas, concepts and scripts in mind. But it’s too early for me to talk about them. I am planning to take a small break and then decide what I want to make next.