Anil Sharma: Even four heroes together cannot beat Sunny Deol

Joginder Tuteja, Glamsham Editorial
11/22/2013 7:20:32 PM

'Put not just one but two or even four other heroes in front of Sunny, throw them into a ring and see who wins' - This is an open challenge that Anil Sharma is throwing for the peer and contemporaries of his 57 year old GADAR hero. Taking a dig at so called masala films from the past which border-lined on buffoonery and turned into a disaster no less, Sharma wonders who came up with the very term masala for a genre.

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"Every filmmaker is independent to make movies. I don't have any issues with that. Why should that be the case? But please, there is nothing like masala genre," pleads Sharma, who is releasing SINGH SAAB THE GREAT with Sunny Deol today, "I think this very term masala is made by media. A definition of a commercial film is simple. It must be entertaining. Period."
Sharma would know. Considering the fact that back in the 80s and the 90s he had made a flurry of superhits with Dharmendra (HUKUMAT, ELLAN E JUNG, FARISHTAY, TAHALKA) before reaching the pinnacle of success with Sunny Deol (GADAR - EK PREM KATHA), he successfully managed to reach out to the gentry.

Failure of his last biggie VEER (2009) notwithstanding, Sharma is returning after close to half a decade. In the time period gone by, there have been countless clones of DABANGG that have been released. Several of these failed. Does he find it all laughable?

"Well, I don't wish to comment on any movie in particular but one thing that I know for sure is that neither do I like seeing buffoonery nor can I make one," says Sharma in a point blank tone, "You can perhaps have an occasional element or two in a film but at least it has to be meaningful. For me, cinema is about emotions; it should be rightly conveyed from a director to the audience."

This is the reason why he feels that if his films like GADAR and APNE clicked with the audience, it was due to the strong emotional quotient that came on screen.

"If you don't have an emotion, there is no point in even Sunny beating up the bad guys around him. If he does that in SINGH SAAB THE GREAT, there is a reason behind that. Most importantly, it has to look convincing as well. Leave aside everything else, let me ask you something - Today, if I put Sunny in a ring with some other successful hero of today, tell me whose win would audience believe in? Main kehta hoon agar chaar log bhi milke aa jaaye toh kya woh Sunny ko maar sakte hain? It is all the more important for your hero to look like a hero on screen and be convincing enough in his act. Otherwise it all falls flat."