What's new in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan?
Nothing. It's a typical David Dhawan fun film. Only, the energy level is higher, thanks to the presence of Amitabh Bachchan. The scale is larger.
Were you ever a great fan of Amitabh's?
Not really. I did like some of his films, but wasn't too impressed with many others.
Was it tough working with the Big B?
Not at all. He effortlessly brought himself down to our level. He's amazing. Such a disciplined actor!
Do you think Bade Miyan Chote Miyan will be the year's first real blockbuster?
I hope so. It's a big film. If it doesn't do well, the distributors will be on the streets.
Being an FTII-trained editor, do you play around a lot with the film on the editing table?
I do. I shuffle things around a great deal, not just while editing but right from the writing stage.
What's the secret of your success with Govinda?
Our amazing chemistry. Govinda never stops improvising. Neither do I. Even on the sets, we constantly work together in sharpening the dialogue.
Don't you ever want to make an offbeat film?
I do. But my job is to entertain, I cannot let the audience down. The fear of failure stops me. A sense of insecurity forces me to do the same thing over and over again.
What do you think of Satya?
It's a great film. But I can never make a Satya. I don't like violence.
To what extent does your FTII training help you?
Because I learnt the rules, I know exactly how to break them.
At the institute, did any filmmaker influence you?
I watched all of Jean Luc Godard and Federico Fellini's films. I still watch Alfred Hitchcock. I have one of the largest personal collections of films in Mumbai. On my last trip to the United States, I picked up Costa-Gavras' Z, Gone with the Wind and all of David Lean's films.