‘I felt ashamed to walk’

LINK

You are the director of Kites. Why were you not walking the red carpet at Cannes with Hrithik Roshan, Rakesh Roshan and Barbara Mori?

It’s not that they didn’t want to take me. Rather I decided not to go. There were some personal reasons for not going there.

Why don’t you share the reasons with us?

I will walk the red carpet respectfully if and when my film is selected for competition. I really feel strongly about this. We Indians go and walk the red carpet and the media makes so much of brouhaha about which Bollywood is wearing what and all that but none of our films are inside. I think the last time was in 1994 when our film was shown in an auditorium in Cannes. I felt ashamed to walk there. Also, I wanted to make most of my Cannes visit by not only promoting Kites but by also meeting producers and financiers from different parts of the world. So, my priority was that… not to walk the red carpet.

How disappointed are you that the pre-release buzz about Kites has more to do with rumours of an affair between Hrithik and Barbara rather than the film itself?

It’s beyond our control. You cannot control what’s being written and talked about. I don’t know what triggered this rumour in the first place. Must be the steamy pictures of Barbara on the Internet. I don’t think these rumours are helping or damaging my film because there’s still some time left for the release. I hope the rumours die out by the time Kites arrives.

Even in Cannes, Hrithik and Barbara were said to have spent time together alone…

They were never alone. I was always with them. People just chose not to see me. Barbara is that kind of a person… she became friendly with the entire unit. Her relationship with me, her relationship with the cinematographer, her relationship with Hrithik… are all same. If I was the hero of the film, I would have been linked with Barbara. We were a very young group… We partied and we shot and we partied and we shot.

Is Kites about a Salsa dance teacher falling in love with his student?

The character is not about Salsa and the film is not about dance. It is about two people from two different parts of the world falling in love. One is from India and one is from Mexico. Against all the odds they fall in love and their love is beyond boundaries, beyond language.

Then, of course, the other rumour is that Kites is a rehash of Woody Allen’s Match Point?

My film has nothing to do with Match Point. The crisis in the film is that both the characters want to acquire wealth in the easiest possible way. That’s what makes them dark. It’s basically about how they balance between their love and what they want to achieve in life.

So will you call Kites a romantic thriller?

Not really. I know that’s what people are calling it. But if you ask me the genre, it’s a love story. It’s not a thriller or a romantic thriller, it’s just a romance for me.

Directors don’t know how best to use Hrithik. What all have you made him do in Kites?

Actually, I didn’t write Kites keeping Hrithik in mind. I just wrote a story from my heart. The character was always the priority, not the actor playing the character. As for Hrithik, he has evolved as an actor and he himself wants to try new things. Initially I was very sceptical. What I had heard was that Hrithik wished to prepare much in advance. And my style is absolutely different… I depend a lot on last-minute improvisations. I was scared how Hrithik would adapt to that and how much I would have to change myself. But Hrithik, I found, to be a mixture of preparedness and spontaneity.

Having worked with him for an entire film now, how would you rate Hrithik as an actor?

I think he is the best actor of our generation. I wouldn’t think twice before saying so. I didn’t believe that before doing the film. But having worked with him I am convinced he is the best. See, for me, there is only one definition of acting and that is real acting, natural acting. I always try to bring out that kind of performances from my actors. Hrithik is so flexible that he can do both Bollywood-marka acting and real acting. And you have to be really talented to do that.

All the films that have come out of Rakesh Roshan’s Filmkraft banner have been loud and not really your brand of real cinema. Did you have to adjust your sensibilities?

I myself wanted to do something different. I didn’t want my new film to be like Gangster or Life in a… Metro. I wanted Kites to appeal to a global audience and yet be a Bollywood film. I didn’t want to make a film which would be appreciated abroad and not run in Indian theatres. That was a difficult thing to achieve. I was searching within myself how to strike that balance. It’s not a very Filmkraft kind of film. I was very surprised when Rakeshji wanted to produce Kites. He has been a courageous producer and he has completely supported my vision. Having done so many small films… suddenly I was given this huge budget to work with.

What is the budget of Kites?

I am not sure about the exact budget but the film was bought for Rs 120 crore. It is the highest ever in Bollywood.

When you were shooting abroad, word trickled in that Rakesh Roshan and you were getting into frequent fights leading to the sacking of cinematographer Bobby Singh…

The cameraman was indeed changed. See, I am not denying that there were some teething problems in the beginning. We both were coming from very different schools of thought, very different schools of cinema. It was not that I was right and he was wrong or he was right and I was wrong. Whenever two different kind of people come together, there’s bound to be some kind of friction. But it’s not that there was tension on the sets or anything. Rakeshji knows what kind of freedom a director needs and he provided me that. He provided that elbow space. He has never intervened. And if I could leave my first movie (Kucch Toh Hai) because of intervention (by Ekta Kapoor), I could leave any movie. That I am still passionately involved with Kites proves that there was no creative intervention.

4 Comments

  1. neelu
    neelu
    May 31, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    For ignorant Indian media going to Cannes to do publicity for a brand-name, or to find buyers for a film, is the same as having your film honored at Cannes. Quite pathetic.

  2. Rocky
    Rocky
    June 1, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    I am getting bad vibes about Kites, may do well overseas and may in metros lekin Bharat mein tau yeh Pitegee !!

  3. Rocky
    Rocky
    June 1, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    PFC is reporting that Kites has failed to find a buyer at Cannes.

Page 1 of 1

Post Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

ropinirole hydrochloride cialis supplies in norfolk uk vistaril for sleeping buy online ode des perfume vigrx reviews amazon fluoxetine 10mg cap algodones pharmacy ed drugs online acheter viagra generique pas cher floxin otic elavil side effects mayo clinic 50 mg pfizer viagra for sale lergigan mitel propranolol overdose effects reliable online pharmacy levitra vs viagra vs cialis reviews buy teva viagra 254 lasix generic online viagra for women india unisom ingredients nighttime generic femara buy cialis from canada online code red 7 male enhancement spray proventil sale global pharmacy canada phone number viagra alternatives that work buy viagra online europe rocaltrol 0 5 mcg to mg cialis lilly canada reliable place to buy nolvadex for pct buy viagra uk tesco xanax bars street value no prescription drug stores viagra online purcheses xeloda patient assistance programs terramicina pomada para ojos morphine sulfate 30mg rhinathiol syrup indication restonite ambien addiction duetact medication identification buy diflucan canada cardinal health locations prices for cialis generic cymbalta and neurontin and weight gain lamictal bipolar tadalfil 20mg buy accutane 20mg online europe citodon buy what is in claritin d ingredients can i buy pyridium onlinr doxazosin mesylate 4mg tablet therapy dogs international california contrave diet pill coupon nolvadex dosage in body building cialis price europe 345 clindamicina pretty inhouse drugstore usa taking two 5mg cialis daily tablets contrave diet pill reviews buy paxil online no prescription benadryl side effects in toddlers marvelon pil perancang eltroxin medication lorinol 10mg methadonelortab flagyl 1000mg buy atarax medicine classification vicodin withdrawal symptoms how long does it last combivent respimat instructions for use beprogel scalpel viagra tablets online losartan potassium 50 mg buy liquid levitra lisinopril dosage and administration cuvarlix taken after or before meal grace doxycycline no pres online rs where can i order save genuine viagra sertraline 50mg tablets reviews vigora medicine information in hindi vam vira atepros drug emporium pharmacy online secure http capitolcorridor special o mercury drug order online chloroquine side effects lialda side effects mesalamine dosage vulnerability amex viagra mexican pharmacy estradiol patch reviews sildegra nedir llc aristocort triamcinolone cream little bluepill glyburide 2 5 mg catafast dosage of tylenol lidocaine ointment usp 5 back pain strattera reviews sildalis for sale american express forum ordering clomid online uk brand viagra online rezeptfreis erectalis 20 cheap online lisinopril side effects medication 40 buying sildenafil citrate pregnant belly photos buy alli online cheap florinef side effects albuterol sulfate inhalation solution 0.5 lipitor generic australia singulair coupons how does viagra feel cytotec drug in philippines leconfield primary school uniform glipizide er 10mg tablet nifedipine for preterm labor side effects ativan side effects weight gain atosil dosierung voltaren donde comprar cialis en sevilla viagra in las vegas myambutol toxicity characteristic leaching serophene and multiple births statistics how much cialis is too much dyazide side effects triamterene hctz duetact generic xanax naprosyn side effects doctor viagra 100 mg price caffeine in coffee vs coke viagra reviews forums oxybutynin chloride 5mg tabs acheter viagra pfizer mometasone cream for eczema trimetabol sirop de artar valtrex and shingles treatment can i buy betnovate over the counter clonidine side effects in children with adhd tylenol dosage chart for adults coumadin vitamin k foods to avoid coumadin diet cialis online to hk www prescriptionpillspharmacyrx ru european pharmacy soft chew generic viagra genuine cialis no prescription dostinex dosages erection pill samples decoflenaco in canada imigran tablets over the counter cataflam suspension pediatrico 2053 med direct effexor and weight gain medication spiriva side effects medication flovent side effects weight gain duetact coupons from usa meds desogestrel in birth control pills cabaser dosage pct trail levitra professional online doxycycline pills for sale prozac for anxiety reviews tantalum oxide lens effexor reviews flomax kidney stones colcrys side effects buy 5 mg tadalafil online erfahrungen mit viagra kenalog aristocort injection sotalol hcl 80mg tab buy cialis get viagra free vosteran search provider walgreens pharmacy locations gupisone prednisolone 5 mg usage statistics vardenafil hcl cipla cramping after taking letrozole for fertility venta viagra 40 mg levitra dosage buying viagra overseas order indian viagra medicine walgreens viagra substitute indomethacin dosage gout eprex injections side effects wintomylon pediatrico plavix manufacturer discountplendil cheap 1 pill of cefixime 400 mg search rhine pharmacy arimidex side effects forum ventolin nebules salbutamol sotalol side effects taking tenormin atenolol 25 mg viagra online 100 mg holy cross rc church cottingham zyprexa withdrawal symptoms nausea prazosin 1mg cap buy levlen birth control cardinal community credit union scholarship one half viagra and 20 units trimix canadian pet meds pharmacy mircette birth control pill commander viagra canada biaxin antibiotic 500 mg mimonycin online no perscription premarin lawsuits ovarian cancer no prespriction cialas nebivolol 5mg reviews buy propecia finasteride online cockapoo puppies for sale available in michigan viagra brand no script citalopram side effects medications best price on levitra 20 mg buy atenolol from mexico sifrol 0 125cc what is terramycin ointment for humans prinivil zestril lisinopril medicstar reviews on apidexin penegra tablets at gnc imovane 7 5mg zopiclone withdrawal combivent inhaler medication coupon flexeril generic for vitamin shoppe coupons sinequanone meaning benadryl for dogs bee stings apetamin cyproheptadine lysine & vitamins syrup 200ml norlevo effectiveness of morning lamictal rash arthritis foundation jingle bell run buspar dosage range risnia syrup dispenser advair 50 00 coupon arcoxia medicine dosage safe site for viagra europe kamagra forums doxycycline purchase in china ed meds online in usa podofilox 0.5 for sale where is the safest plac can lipoic acid help peyronies buy real vigra supradol ketorolac english to spanish translation mircette side effects doctor stemigra sildenafil citrate 100mg pharm online cardinal bank hours gnc substitute for viagra generic accuatne online buy buy valtrex tablets in australia ampicillin and early pregnancy regenon 25mg where can i purchase provera thyroxine without a prescription in uk buy antabuse by paypal periostat for rosacea zyvoxid prospect high school buying online cialis kamagra tablets for sale acheter solupred en ligne acquisto cialis farmaci aonline lisinopril 5mg cheapest ed meds viagra professional no prescription thalidomide multiple myeloma treatment descargar frases de futbol cicloferon without prescription finpecia results buy pilex max careprost for lashes farmaci generici cialis hydroxyzine pamoate vistaril for anxiety dostinex uses hyper stimulation cheap dutasteride canadian discount rx services benicar hct 40 12.5 mg sumycin dosage of aspirin spiriva coupons medicine can i take avelox for uti cialis and paypal forum fortune summoners benazepril side effects on dogs over night viagra celebrex side effects indomethacin 50 mg common side effects motilium alcohol which is better lipitor or vytorin dicyclomine hydrochloride 20mg tizanidine side effects cyprodin precios cialis professional vs cialis risperdal lawsuit attorney hydroxyzine pamoate vistaril atarax stanozolol side effects in dogs liquid cialis research chemicals zofran 4mg dosage for adults ativan half life elimination canadian pharmacy generic viagra cheap fda approved plavix purchase viagra online pay with check hydroxyzine hcl 25 mg tablet dosage stendra online purchase uroxatral 10 mg dose bupropion hcl xl elavil side effects aricept and generic name how to get off paxil safely advantage sales and marketing careers cytotec panama xenical pils canesoral price chopper cialis generic 5mg celebrex side effects medication rheumatoid arthritis 2089 cheap paxil on line motrin 800 ibuprofen cost red 7 pill viagra vs cialis viagra alternative leukeran 2mg tablet buy glipizide without prescription advantage multi for dogs side effects predizone without a prescribtion mirapex er side effects lisinopril 10 mg canada buy amoxicillin online canada requip side effects dose supreme suppliers pharmacy mumbai get a priscription for viagra online zinoxime vial necklace donepezil hcl 10mg tab rhinathiol 2 carbocisteinerhiniginerhinocort venlafaxine 37.5mg tab anafranil dosage information buy avodart in uk cordarone classification why is no one selling alli buy clomid online in the united states norfloxacin 400mg dose free trial pack of uprima septra suspension dosage for children levothroid medication cialis bulk order reputable online pharmacy cialis viagra dosage for young men lialda medication description dikloron jellyfish levitra vs cialis vs viagra cost 1 yasminelle birth control pills adipex weight loss stories careprost bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03 frumil 5 40 tap drill size buy viagra in hungary cheap lantus pen powered by disqus cialis discount brandedcialis online oxybutynin chloride 5mg sa pfizer 100mg viagra digoxina in english please ambien cr price zantac 150 mg viagra 40 pills for 99 rxdiler store cialis ankara health solutions overnight pharmacy plavix generic in usa paxil withdrawal side effects duration colcrys 0.6mg how to take cialas no perscription best depression medicine amphetamine dextroamphetamine viagra coupons walgreens yasmine yousaf tumblr order codeine syrup online viagrano prescription super active cialis cheap generi accutane hydroxyzine for dogs allergies nuvigil side effects forum hyzaar 100 25 side effects caffeine and breastfeeding babies buy ciallis uk mirtazapine for dogs appetite esquina carlos gardel tango alfuzosin hcl er 10 mg tab medications without perscriptions dutas barato difference between zanaflex vs flexeril glucovance 5 500 espanol phexin 500mg amoxicillin non prescription meds to get high bulk cialis venlafaxine side effects hair nuvigil cephalon and weight loss para que sirve la eritromicina alli medicina para aselgazar viagra generico in vendita in italia ritalin side effects long term buy buspirone online u k benemid probalans cabaser dosage pctc noroxin shampoo for oily hair metformin weight loss success stories lamotrigine 100mg picture buy cheap retin a online what do mesalamine drugs do elavil for sleep apnea cheap levitra online bactrim ds side effects alcohol canadiana pharmcy in sarasato cheap cialis generic online stilnox side effects forum was ist tadalafil sibutramine containing diet pills amermycin 100mg viagra can i get viagra in morocco sildenafil or viagara verapamil and diabetes allopurinol without a prescription eprex liturgia de las horas colchicine treatment for arthritiscombivent motrin 600 mg over the counter rocket power wikirogainrogaine pergotime in english version buy generic orlistat 120mg online flagyl no prescription mexican pharmacy with no phentermine information medication inderal for migraines reviews seller viagra proviron impotence estrogen compound ranbaxy pharmaceuticals recalls tijuana pharmacy adderall where can buy viagra in singapore cheapest viagra prices online trial pack viagra cialis levitra buy clomid tablets online tadapox available in kerala styletadarise strattera for sale xlpharmacy canada 411 piroxicam side effects canine ramipril side effects cough cyclo progynova 2mg side effects flagyl antibiotic used to treat sinusitis flagyl forte sinequanone hong kong stores in singapore buy viagra online with mastercard fertility medications for sale online sildenafilo normon 50 mg precio ranigast ulotka real abana insurance houston doxycycline eye drops haldol side effects review 40 viagra pills for 100 dollars vosteran search viagra brand online usa zopiclone 7.5 mg tablets acquistare atridox senza ricetta shelf life of viagra antibiotic minocin side effects exelon patch treatment clavamox dosage for kennel cough how to treat bacterial vaginosis hardon pills drugs provera and pregnancy ibuprofen dosage chart for adults amoxicillin or keflex for sinus infection buy wellbutrin online us pharmacy motrin and robitussin dont mix buy generic cialis fast free shipment meclizine 12.5 mg tablet zineryt solution motrin dosage for children by age nexium 40mg esomeprazole drugs generic nexium is flagyl compatible with potassium the weeknd xo album xalatan eye drops price sky pharmacy reviews tizanidine 2mg medication ingredients fentanyl transdermal system abuse prescription drugs 24 fast delivery erectile dysfunction age lumigan 0.03 vs lumigan 0.01 venlafaxine hcl er 37.5 mg carbimazole dosage colcrys 0.6 mg price the price of naltrexone in sa fuenllana centro educativo piaget ampicillin sulbactam side effects biaxin xl side effects prometrium vaginally dosage obat licodexon can you buy viagra on line sunsuria development sdn bhd directors mortgage frumil forte lighting terbinafine 250mg tablets for jock itch taking valtrex and breastfeeding generic soft cialis tadalafil manufactured in usa canada do you need a prescription for viagra best viagra online pharmacy viagra 100mg sale renagel 800 mg price canadian pharmacy largo fl danazol medication treatment best viagra tablets in india amiloride hctz 5 50 tablete ieftine finasteride tablets for sale viagara cipa approved online valium and alcohol abuse