Director Tigmanshu Dhulia: I've always tried to take cinema forward
The director, who awaits the release of his Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 this week, talks about the film
Acclaimed filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3. The third instalment of the Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster franchise stars Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Shergill, Mahie Gill, Chitrangada Singh and Soha Ali Khan in the lead.
The director interacted with the media at the launch of the song Lag Ja Gale from the film, along with actors Mahie Gill, Chitrangda Singh, Jimmy Sheirgill, singer Jonita Gandhi and producers Raju Chadha and Rahul Mittra.
Lag Ja Gale is an iconic song from Woh Kaun Thi, originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar. The makers of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 have recreated it.
Asked whether he feels makers do not give much importance to lyrics and melody of the song in Hindi films nowadays, Dhulia said, "It is a very correct assessment that nowadays people don't give importance to lyrics of the songs. But I have always tried to take cinema forward in terms of good performances, story and music. I think we should concentrate on lyrics and good melody because whenever you come up with good melodies, it is always appreciated by the audience. I think melodies play an important part, especially in Hindi cinema."
"I will request SaReGaMa (music label) to give some more songs like these for my next films. I think media should also write on such topics because it's not just our (the filmmakers) responsibility, it is everybody's responsibility," he added.
Sanjay Dutt plays the role of a gangster in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3, while Jimmy Sheirgill plays the saheb and Mahie Gill will be seen as his wife.
Asked why he approached Sanjay Dutt with this role, Dhulia said, "There is a structure and format to the Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster series. Saheb and Biwi's characters remain the same but the gangster of each part keeps changing. In the first one, there was Randeep Hooda who played the character of the gangster, and in the second part, Irrfan Khan played it. It is growing as a franchise in terms of its scale and storyline, so it was obvious that we couldn't have a better gangster than Sanjay Dutt for the third part. If we don't find anyone then I will play the part of gangster in the fourth part (laughs)."
The film, which also stars Deepraj Rana, Nafisa Ali, Kabir Bedi and Deepak Tijori in pivotal roles, will hit the screens this Friday.