12 April, 2021

The Ro Show

Rohit Shetty—cool hand gatherer of BO hits, impervious to criticism, smasher of cars

The Ro Show
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Some stories are surely best narrated backwards. Like my conversation with Bollywood’s hit machine Rohit Shetty. I wrap it up by casually asking him about his next film with Shahrukh Khan and, probably, Kajol: “Will it be a comic romance like Chennai Express, or are you going to try out something new with the two?” Rohit promptly bursts into laughter. “Are you joking? How can I ever think of doing anything ‘different’?” That last line is his good-humoured, self-deprecating dig at a key thread of our exchange—the danger of getting trapped within one’s own trademark cinema. Rohit is boxed in such a cinematic pigeonhole, but willingly, even joyously.

First things first: Rohit is Bollywood’s director no. 1, leagues ahead of his immediate competitor (see box). “Not only is he a most prolific filmmaker but consistently successful and has been able to bridge the masses-multiplex divide, especially with his comedies,” says Delhi distributor Sanjay Mehta. “He knows the audience’s pulse,...

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