Literally born and brought up by the film industry, filmmaker Sabbir Khan is ready to explore new genres after having a successful commercial stint with his pot boilers. His debut KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor saw Hollywood legend like Sylvester Stallone making his grand big screen entry in Bollywood. His second film HEROPANTI introduced Tiger Shroff and instantly gave good hope for a probable Indian martial art hero. His latest BAAGHI starring Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor introduces the ancient Indian martial art form Kalaripayattu. Before leaving for the movie's promotional tour, the director sits and speaks on the film and more..
Again a film with Tiger?
HEROPANTI was well received by the audience and Tiger got accepted very well. The audience loved whatever he did in the movie. I had an idea and I bounced it on Tiger one day. He got excited and I really wanted Tiger to be in BAAGHI. I felt he is the only one who can do proper justice to the film. It happened organically.
What you have to say about the alleged similarities of BAAGHI with the Telugu flick VARSHAM and the Indonesian thriller THE RAID: REDEMPTION?
It's not a copy. BAAGHI is original. VARSHAM is very loosely based on RAMAYANA and we have taken the spirit of RAMAYAN, there is a glimpse but that's it. It's a fresh story. Taking about the Indonesian action thriller THE RAID: REDEMPTION, recently the judge has given his verdict after watching both the films and said that the allegation/complaint is a waste of time.
You are literally born and brought up by the film industry. Is this the reason behind your big screen endeavors wearing the director's hat completely devoted to mass entertainers, pot boilers – KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, HEROPANTI and now BAAGHI. As a filmmaker will you explore new genres or stick to your comfort zone?
Good you asked. It's an important question. Yes I am born and brought up by the industry and family entertainers are my ‘kick' of emotions from the silver screen and that will remain in my heart forever. Yeah in due course, as a filmmaker, I will explore new genres but it will be universal striving for maximum acceptance rather than being parochial just for gaining attention.
''Our Kalaripayattu is the reason behind the popularity of Kung Fu and Karate in the world''
The reason for casting Sudheer Babu against Tiger in BAAGHI?
It was a difficult casting. I needed someone who looks stronger than Tiger. Has the vulnerability and romanticism in him and should be from south. The script required such features in the character of the villain Raghav played by Sudheer Babu. Luckily we got a chance to see some of his videos in which he is showcasing his gymnastics and dancing skills. We called him and when Sudheer heard his part he got excited and in due course, we came to know he is one of the leading heroes down south in the Telugu film Industry.
He is also connected with Mahesh Babu – a big star in Telugu films
Honestly, we didn't know about Sudheer's Babu's connection with Mahesh Babu initially when we met.
The idea behind the use of ‘Kalaripayattu' art form in the film?
During the shoot we got enlightened with a very beautiful thing called ‘Kalaripayattu'. This amazing ancient Indian martial art form is the reason behind the popularity of Kung Fu and Karate in the world, and we have tried to say this in the film.
The dialogue Abhi Toh Maine Start Kiya Hai is getting popular, was it cautious effort to give Tiger catchy one liners after the success of HEROPANTI and dialogues from the film gaining popularity like Kya karu yaar sabko aati nahi meri jati nahi?
Yes during HEROPANTI it was a cautious effort to give catchy lines to Tiger to make him establish. Nothing as such was planned for BAAGHI. But since this one has got the balls rolling, I am more than happy.
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