29 July, 2021

Raj Kumar Santoshi

The directors Rs 20-crore China Gate is the costliest Indian film made to date

Raj Kumar Santoshi
outlookindia.com
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China Gate has been dogged by controversy. How does it feel to be near completion?
At present I am too involved in the post-production. There has been just no time to sit back and react.

Is it true there was underworld intervention involved in getting Mamta Kulkarni back?
It's all over now. I don't know who provoked her or what made her resort to a defensive attitude.

What is China Gate about?
It's inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. The concept of a group coming together to help a village is the same. But my story is different. A large-scale entertainer, it does not have a major star cast but has very good actors.

What is the film going to give its viewers?
Akira Kurosawa said: "I want to make a film so entertaining that Akira Kurosawa said: "I want to make a film so entertaining that people should want to eat it up." I have attempted this.

Most hit films have the word pyar in them. Would you have been better off naming this Love Gate or something?
I'm not insecure. I don't have to...

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