Siddharth Anand is glad his risk has paid off. He left the rom-com genre that he is known for to make an action-thriller Bang Bang and he couldn’t be happier with the reactions coming his way.
He says, “Our film broke the first day record of Kick and Krrish 3. Bang Bang is a film about revenge and is not a boy-meets-girl story. It was designed as a complete entertainer that would appeal to a wider audience.”
He added: “I left rom-coms behind for a bike chase, F1, sea chase, all this being shot with a crew of 250. I also think the scale of Bang Bang would scare any director. Basically it had everything that you would expect from a Hollywood film. I think I have found my calling in action and there could be a sequel to Bang Bang, let’s see.”
So, did Hrithik’s injury hamper shoot plans in anyway? “We didn’t even know that Hrithik had been injured. It was during the shoot of Meherbaan in Greece that we realised he is in pain and we didn’t even know when the injury had happened. But Hrithik remained very professional despite the pain.”
And how different is Hrithik from Saif Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, with whom Siddharth has worked in the past?
“Hrithik allows the director to do what he (or she) wants, but he also doesn’t let you take all the stress. With Saif and Ranbir, they are easy actors who the director can mould. Hrithik and his dad, contribute with suggestions in every department action or music.”
Siddharth also doesn’t deny the fact that with Bang Bang and Haider releasing on the same day, the box office earnings were divided.
“Yes both films were affected by the clash. But ek zidd hoti hai, that I won’t change my date and every filmmaker wants to cash in on a holiday release.”
The surprise package of Bang Bang was Danny Denzongpa.
“These days, no actor wants to play just a villain... we have to use yesteryear actors and Danny fit the bill.”
About the last few films that Siddharth has personally enjoyed he says, “I enjoy a wide range. I liked Chennai Express and Barfi.”
Telling us about who he would want to work with next, the director reveals, “I have wanted to work with Pawan Malhotra ever since I saw him in Black Friday.”