Interview : Mahesh Nair

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How are you dealing with the harsh reaction from critics on your first film, ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD?
A critic’s job is to criticize. Thankfully, they are not the ones financing films! My producer is happy because he has recovered his money. How many critically acclaimed films have done that? Also people who actually saw the film didn’t hate it-many of them actually liked it.

But isn’t ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD a flop?
Financially, no. It was made for about Rs 2.5 crore including marketing. My producer has recovered that money from theatricals and

“How many critically acclaimed films recover money?”

satellite/television/DVD/DTH rights. None of the distributor has lost money. In fact the film has performed beyond our expectations in B towns, especially in central India.

Where do you think you went wrong with the film?
Producer Nari Hira, me and the cast, had no pretension right from the beginning that we are making an official remake of STUCK. A lot of critics who saw the film were wondering why Farooque Shaikh was wasted stuck in a car? Many wondered how could Abhimanyu’s character could be so slimy? But that was the basis of the English film! In hindsight, I guess, we should have mentioned that it was a remake of STUCK right in the opening credits. Also, a lot of people thought since the title of the film was ACCIDENT ON HILL ROAD the accident should have happened on Bandra’s bustling road, not on some fictional Hill road.

Nobody knew Celina could do this sort of role…
I think she did a damn good job. It takes guts for a glamour actress to do such a role that too with a new director. I am thankful she trusted me. I am sure her performance will be noticed by people such as RGV, Madhur Bhandarkar or Anurag Kashyap.

What’s your plan next? Are you going to be doing thrillers?
There are two film projects under discussion with producers. One is a love story and the other is a comedy drama. You should hear a formal announcement about one of them in February.

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