I cannot cheat my loyal audience: Rohit Shetty
The Singham director says he will not make small budget, realistic films because people expect a 'featival on screen' from him
Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, known for his larger than life films with lot of drama, action, and comedy, says he is afraid to move away from his signature brand of cinema.
He will be directing Ranveer Singh in Simmba, which also marks the debut of Saif Ali Khan's daughter Sara Ali Khan.
Asked if he will be able to ever make a small budget film, he says, "Honestly, I am scared of doing that. If there is a small film with a good story, I will produce it. But I won't direct a small film. Cinema is larger than life for me and people know my cinema for that. For my audience, watching a Rohit Shetty film is like a festival on screen. I cannot cheat on my loyal audience."
He feels a responsible towards his audience. "I drive an expensive car and live a luxurious life and that has come from the love, support of common people. A middle-class man who is playing 10 per cent of his hard-earned money to watch my film, is making me a rich person. So just to prove a point for my creative satisfaction, I cannot cheat my audience," he adds.
Asked about the portrayal of Ranveer in Simmba, Rohit says, "We have worked together in an ad film and that is when we started planning to collaborate for a film. But I couldn't have imagined making Simmba if not for Ranveer Singh, because he is the only actor who has the strength to pull off such a character. This is the first time we will see Ranveer playing a policeman in an action film. There are certain colourful elements in the character of Simmba that Ranveer also has. So I would have been forced to change my writing if Ranveer had said no to my film."