Few days back Pehlaj Nihalani released Khusboo but the flick is
dramatically announced as flop by critics. But the veteran producer is
not afraid of flops, as he expresses his opinion about flop theory in
the industry, his long journey as producer and little more…
Q. According to the critics, the fragrance of Khusboo failed reaching
people. In other words, Khushboo didn't get good reviews, what went
They have damaged the prospects of the film miserably. Reviews never
make a film Hit or Flop. I had not shown the film to anyone before
release, then how come they take a call if the movie is good or bad. So
by giving poor shows, the multiplexes want to monopolize and finish off
single producers like us. But I won’t let that happen.
Q. The industry and the distributors have this very strong feeling that a film with newcomers never works…
With newcomers you have to be extra careful to bring out the best
work from them. Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan
wouldn't have been
there if every person starts switching him off from newcomers. Even
Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan
had a string of flops in the initial part
of their careers. Abhishek had nearly 12 flops early in his career.
Q. You had a big hand in launching Manisha Koirala in Bollywood. But do you feel that Manisha has messed up her career today?
I agree with your views. Manisha was a fine artist. She has messed
up her career in her own way. Every person in life does make mistakes
and Manisha is also one of them.
Q. What's your take on issues like piracy and the new technologies which are eating into the business of films?
I think you cannot stop piracy which is going on free of charge. If
people stop seeing pirated VCDs and DVDs then piracy would be killed
quite automatically. But in our country with the level of corruption
it's quite a challenge. New technology has helped in fighting piracy.
You can see a new movie on the same day even in a village, so in that
sense technology has provided a solution to fight against piracy.
Q. Who are your favourite actor and actress who you have worked with?
I loved working with Mumtaz. She has always been my favorite. She is
a nice human being also. Another great person is Pran saab who has
given his everything for this industry. I am grateful to them for
providing me with the opportunity to work with them.
Q. Who is your inspiration to make films and who does give you perspiration while making films?
I was inspired to make films since Class 5. I used to bunk school
and go to Jaihind cinema (Lalbaugh) to watch movies. I made a film
banner right during my school days, in fact. I used to visualize my
wife (my girlfriend) during my school days as the heroine and me as a
Q. Who do you think is the most promising newcomer? Harman, Nakuul, Adhyayan or actors in your Khusboo…
I believe, even if your first film flops, it doesn't make any
difference. You must remember that Akshay Kumar
(Deedar), Rani Mukherji
(Mehndi), Urmila Matondakar (Aa Gale Lag Ja) and even Kajol (Bekhudi)
had a flop debut. So you never know who will succeed and when? I am
pretty confident of both my debutants Rishi Rehan and Avantika.
Q. What are the future projects which you are associated with?
I am planning Aankhen 2 and am also planning to make a film with
based on the true story of Kandahar Hijack of Flight 814.