Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan get together in this week's release, God Tussi Great Ho. And the man, who made this possible is writer-turned-director Rumi Jaffery.
The Bhopal-based writer has penned over 40 movies like Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, Chal Mere Bhai, Kuwara and Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya.
He spoke to Nithya Ramani about working with big stars like Amitabh, Salman and Priyanka Chopra, and much more.
Tell us about yourself.
I was into theatre in Bhopal and wrote quite a few films too. But then, I wanted to grow, and move out. Mumbai is the best place for an aspiring writer, so I moved here in 1987. I was 20 then.
I tried to get a break but couldn't. So I decided to get into theatre. I made my own group called Kutumb, and I was lucky to have Anu Kapoor direct my first play. Slowly, I started making friends in the film industry, and met [producer] Sajid Nadidwala. He helped me a lot.
I have been writing movies since the 1990s. Then I got bored; I wanted to do something different. Many people suggested that I take up direction, including Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan. They were kind enough to say that they will star in my film. Aishwarya Rai also asked me to direct. But I was not sure if I could, so I thought about it for a long time. But I knew that when I direct, I would cast Salman and Amitabhji.
Since I had gained recognition as a writer, I wasn't sure if I would be accepted as a director, as I would have to deliver a good film. I wasn't ready to handle that pressure.
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