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Rajkumar Santoshi did not want daughter to debut with his film: ‘Wo zid kar gai’ | Bollywood

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Rajkumar Santoshi has said he didn’t want to cast daughter Tanisha Santoshi in his new movie Gandhi Aur Godse Ek Yudh, but was later convinced when she insisted on auditioning for a role. In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, Rajkumar Santoshi talks about Gandhi Aur Godse Ek Yudh, Tanisha’s debut, Battle of Saragarhi and more. (Also Read: Rajkumar Santoshi was ‘afraid’ as CBFC passes Gandhi Godse Ek Yudh)

Asked about launching his daughter Tanisha Santoshi with the film, Rajkumar said, “That’s not the right wording, I’m not launching her. (She’s making her debut). Yes. The film is about the ideologies of Gandhi and Godse, the story revolves around them, they are the stars and the main attraction.If you look at it, she’s not even on any of the posters.She plays an interesting role that has room for good drama.

He added, “When she asked to be part of the movie, I actually wanted to avoid it. I didn’t like the idea of ​​directing my daughter on sets, I didn’t have the patience for it. Lekin wo zid kar gai, usne kaha ek mauka diya jaaye chahe audition lelo (She insisted she should be given a chance and wanted to audition). Then I was like ‘okay’. I’m glad a girl of her generation wanted to be part of a movie like this. Girls her age want to work with big heroes and do the song-and-dance routine. They are rarely interested in de-glamorizing roles like hers in the movie. This is a serious topic and even she felt it needed to be talked about, she just wanted to be a part of this important topic.

Asked if there is any movie from his own filmography that he would like to remake or make a sequel, Rajkumar said, “I don’t believe in sequels or remakes. Once it’s made, it’s done. If I find a story like Mahabharata, for example, it might not be possible in three hours. So it will be in parts. Other than that, nothing beats a sequel. People often ask me to remake Andaz Apna Apna, but I tell them, ‘I can’t recreate it. I might make another movie in the same genre, but it won’t be Andaz Apna Apna.”

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He added: “Two young male stars with two young female stars. I even talked to stars and they told me that they want to make a movie like Andaz Apna Apna. I worked on the subject and the title I kept is Ada Apni Apni. In fact, I’ll be announcing the movie by the end of the year. People keep talking about Andaz Apna Apna remake, but I’m done with it. I am making Ada Apni Apni. Maybe it will be better than Andaz Apna Apna, I don’t want to make Andaz Apna Apna a benchmark.”

Gandhi Aur Godse Ek Yudh is Rajkumar’s directorial venture after 10 years – his last appearance was Phata Poster Nikla Hero in 2013. Asked about returning to directing after a long time, the filmmaker said, “I tried to make a movie – Battle or Saragarhi – but that couldn’t be completed for some reason. In fact, we worked hard on it for two and a half or three years. We spent a lot of money and time, but (it had to be stopped). Those film I will make next year I have (a lot of love) for Sikhs and it is an important story.”

Rajkumar elaborated on why he decided to make a film about Gandhi and Godse saying, “I was working on another play by Asgar Wajahat sir and he gave me [email protected] to read. I thought it was cinema worthy, although he didn’t. I think Godse shared his reason why he killed Gandhi.”

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And his voice was muffled. In fact, it was only a few years ago that (the book containing Godse’s court statement) was legally available in the country. I think that was wrong. Similarly, there have been many allegations against Mahatma Gandhi and he didn’t clear up many of them I hope people can better understand both Gandhi and Godse after watching my film Like Gandhi I advocate for debates and discussions Maybe people can discuss, debate and then come to the right conclusion after watching watching my movie,” he added.

The filmmaker also said he was aware that the film should not take either side of the debate and present it as fair on both sides. “We were very aware that we didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Even while writing scenes, we (Asgar and Rajkumar) checked each other and corrected if it got biased to one side… we didn’t want to take sides and I think we succeeded.


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