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“Aakrosh talks about atrocities happening in democratic country” – Priyadarshan

Priyadarshan

He is one of the most prolific filmmakers of our country whose films have even been awarded the prestigious National award. He is none other than Priyadarshan, director of films such as Hera Pheri, Hulchul, Virasat, Gardish, Bhool Bhulaiyaa and De Dana Dan.


Priyadarshan is now ready with his latest flick titled Aakrosh and starring Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna and Bipasha Basu in lead roles. The super-talented filmmaker was live on Bollywood Hungama‘s video chat recently. For all those who missed logging in, here are the excerpts:


Priyadarshan : Hi This is Priyadarshan only on Bollywood Hungama.com

kajal : hiii priyadarshan ji, h r u?

Priyadarshan : fine kajal

rambug : Hi priya Darshan ji a big welcome to u …!!

Priyadarshan : thank you rambug


Priyadarshan : sohaill…i am taking a small break from comedies for the time being. Am trying to do some serious cinema. Aakrosh is the first one of that

Niraj : priyan saab,namaste,its an honour to talk to u,a dream come true, thank u for giving this opportunity

Priyadarshan : Niraj…my pleasure too

sohaill : hope u in gud health so u can make more comedy movie

Priyadarshan : sohaill…i am taking a small break from comedies for the time being. Am trying to do some serious cinema. Aakrosh is the first one of that

mariya : hy priya dharshan ji . i always like ur comedy masala films but why u make serious film akrosh

Priyadarshan : mariya…I think I started with films like Gardish and Virasat and then came Hera Pheri. After that I got a stamp on my head that I am a comedy director and I cant do anything else. Dont worry even my film aakrosh will be as entertaining as my comedies

Niraj : priyan saab,why was khatta meetha promoted as a comedy?i think that went against the film.

Priyadarshan : Niraj..u r absolutely right but I didnt do that. The Producers did it

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mariya : can u tell somthing about akrosh

Priyadarshan : mariya…Aakrosh is a film with a backdrop of a big social issue of today which is Caste Wars and Honour Killing that is happening in Northern States of India.

me123456 : Sir, I want to send u one story. How can I send this to u?

Priyadarshan : you can mail it to No 6 Veerabhadran Street, Chennai 34. Thats my office but pls register your script before u send it. I cant be responsible for any sequence later which comes in any film

rambug : Why r u preferring only remakes ?? of course u r getting them good ?

Priyadarshan : rambug…ya u r right. I was always looking for scripts in Bombay and i didnt find anything attractive and moreover i made so many interesting films in Kerala which has been seen by a ltd audience so I always thought that those subjects have a national appeal and since I have a bigger budget in Hindi I could make those films better. Now I have got good originial scripts coming and thats why I am making a film like aakrosh and my next few projects


Priyadarshan : mariya…Aakrosh is a film with a backdrop of a big social issue of today which is Caste Wars and Honour Killing that is happening in Northern States of India.

Amit : u told in interview-no south director has survived in bollywood ever,but likes of S.S.Vasan etc have

Priyadarshan : Amit…I was talking about Bollywood becos people like SS Vasan used to be producer-directors. I was talking abt directors who have made their mark big in South like K Balachandran to Shankar

sohaill : i think virasat was the greatest of all thumbs up

Priyadarshan : sohaill..then u will like Aakrosh also.

Niraj : priyan saab,do u agree that a film with a good script & average director can work but not vice versa

Priyadarshan : Niraj…absolutely right. screenplay is the most impt factor of a film and its the spine of the cinema. A good screenplay however bad u make may work but a bad screenplay however good u make may not work.

Deepali : priyan saab,what difference do u find in the taste of the audiences of bollywood & south?

Priyadarshan : Deepali…absolutely no difference except that in Bollywood logics does not have much importance and meaningful cinema is not seen by masses.

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Aamir : sir before film did u want to be a professional cricketer?

Priyadarshan : Aamir…I could never be a professional cricketer. I was only playing club and league level but even today cricket is my first passion.

me123456 : Sir, Why maximum of comedy films are of repeating nature?

Priyadarshan : becos the combination of situations are limited and performers are less so u r supposed to repeat the situations and the actors which brings a monotony.

ZamairaKapoor : Sir, how was it working with the supremely talented actor Akshaye Khanna in one of the most anticipated films?

Priyadarshan : Zamaira…I have always enjoyed working with Akshaye Khanna. Sad thing is that I feel he has not got what he deserves.


Priyadarshan : Aamir…I could never be a professional cricketer. I was only playing club and league level but even today cricket is my first passion

pooja83 : What are ur other upcoming movies?

Priyadarshan : pooja…just few films , all are serious films. After Aakrosh, the next one is a film with Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Mohanlal, Kunal Kapoor and Boman Irani…its again a thriller completely shot in London.

Niraj : what is ur opinion abt. trend where filmmakers avoid lipsync song/dance?i thank u for not doing so

Priyadarshan : Niraj…in Indian cinema music is an integral part and we cannot avoid it becos Indian cinema has derived originally from Indian folk arts. Today whatever said and done Bollywood has its own identity becos of song and dance. As long as we can make it look as a part of the film it goes very well , directors are forced to add songs into screenplays for the sake of the song. That is what drops the grip of the film

pooja83 : Whats ur fav type of cuisine?

Priyadarshan : pooja…Kerala Fish Curry and Rice

ZamairaKapoor : What is Akshaye Khanna?s role in Aakrosh? What do u think about his performance? Are u satisfied with it?

Priyadarshan : Zamaira…Akshaye is playing an SP of CBI. He is on a mission to find 3 medical students who are missing when they go to a village when they watch Ramleela. As usual he has done a brilliant job.

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mariya : sir, i want to see u working with shahrukh

Priyadarshan : mariya…I’ve already done Billu with SRK but I would love to do a solo film with him. It may happen but I cant say when.

aryanhindustani… : sir y dont u make film on chacha chaudhry (the cartoon character)

Priyadarshan : aryan…ha ha ha…I am not very much aware of chacha chaudhary. Ive head that they are very popular comics in North. Infact Paresh Rawal makes fun of Akshaye and Ajay in Aakrosh by calling them Chacha Chaudhary

pooja83 : Whats da latest on Hera Pheri 3? read dat akshay aint doing it and u have got totally new star cast.

Priyadarshan : pooja…i have done only the original first Hera Pheri…it was born then. Second one fell sick and third one i believe will die. I am not directing any of the Hera Pheri films


Priyadarshan : Zamaira…I have always enjoyed working with Akshaye Khanna. Sad thing is that I feel he has not got what he deserves.

khanz : priyan sir hello u r the tolstoy and cecil b demille of India

Priyadarshan : khanz…oh thanks its a great honour

mariya : priya sir, which is ur favourite movie?

Priyadarshan : mariya…in which language?

Niraj : priyansaab,we hear tamil films have huge budgets.are south films at par with bollywood in budgets?

Priyadarshan : Niraj…yeah some of them are bigger than Bollywood in terms of budget. for eg Robot the budget of which if Bollywood has to match they have to make a film with Shah Rukh, Aamir, Salman and Amitabh bachchan.


Priyadarshan : pooja…i have done only the original first Hera Pheri…it was born then. Second one fell sick and third one i believe will die. I am not directing any of the Hera Pheri films

sohaill : is it coming in theatres in newzealand?

Priyadarshan : sohaill…ya definitely

pooja83 : if u had a chance to direct one Hollywood actor who wud it be and why????

Priyadarshan : pooja..he is no more Richard Burton

Niraj : priyan saab,according to u-are south films at par with bollywood-technically & artistically?

Priyadarshan : Niraj…yea actually south films I call that they are above Bollywood on content and technically definitely Bollywood is much above them

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Rajan Chaurasia : Hello sir ,any other movie with akshay kumar after khatta meetha,I am huge fan of him.

Priyadarshan : Rajan…yes a film next year after August

Niraj : priyan saab,which filmmakers of hindi cinema are your all-time favourites?

Priyadarshan : Niraj…Shyam Benegal and Manmohan desai

ZamairaKapoor : When will u finally cast and work with Akshay Kumar and Akshaye Khanna together in same flick?

Priyadarshan : Zamaira…when the right script comes along

futuretopmodel : sir, are you looking for a new face for any upcoming movies

Priyadarshan : not at present but industry is not in a good shape as it was 3 years before. When things improve I can think about that

rambug : Pritam always gives U a great music a line about him plz

Priyadarshan : I only know how difficult it is to get it out of Pritam.

Rajvir : Priyan Sir whos ur fav actor in india?

Priyadarshan : Mohanlal

harish : Dont u feel u shd be be making more serious cinema like Kanchivaram and Virasat..

Priyadarshan : harish…yes definitely that is the whole idea because since I love every kind of film, I could make every kind of movie. thats why i could make Hera Pheri as well as Kanchivaram. I am still a good audience than a director


Priyadarshan : mahendra…Amazing working with Ajay becos he doesnt act with his face. He acts with his eyes.

Niiraj : did you see hindi films in your childhood? have u seen the work of raj kapoor,guru dutt & b.r.chopra

Priyadarshan : Niraj…yes definitely

ZamairaKapoor : What made u sign the most underrated & the finest actor Akshaye Khanna for Aakrosh?

Priyadarshan : Zamaira…this role suited him very well

Niiraj : priyan saab which are your all-time favourite hindi films?

Priyadarshan : Nirraj…Ardh Satya, Amar akbar anthony, and definitely Guide.

mohith : when can we see a comedy film like hungama, hulchul?

Priyadarshan : mohith…the day i fail with my serious films

anita : sir why r u not promoting aakrosh as ur past films?

Priyadarshan : anita…its got enough time for release…we’ve just started the promotions

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mahendra : What about working with Ajay?

Priyadarshan : mahendra…Amazing becos he doesnt act with his face.He acts with his eyes.

Niiraj : priyan saab,after making so many hindi films,are you comfortable with hindi language?

Priyadarshan : Niraj..no i can read and write but cant speak Hindi..I am very conscious

PRINCE : HELLO PRIYAN SIR IS SUNIEL SHETTY ACTING IN BULLET TRAIN??

Priyadarshan : no Prince he is not

khanz : sir wish u luck and a grand life ahead sir also my regards to ur family nice day sir

Priyadarshan : thanks khanz

me123456 : Sir, can I wish to contact u ever? I want some advice/suggestion/help from u

Priyadarshan : definitely u can mail in my office address mentioned above

rambug : it is possible to make a film without harsh negative characters

Priyadarshan : rambug…everything is possible as long as the script is interesting

salman : sir,whats your plan to work with salman khan???

Priyadarshan : definitely trying to work out a script for salman

ashdxb : sir, ur best work till date acc to me is virasat. any plans for similar films in the future?

Priyadarshan : ashdxb..yaa Aakrosh is somewhat in the same genre.

alefia : sir, what inspired u to make aakrosh

Priyadarshan : alefia…a news published in the Times Of India.


Priyadarshan : sohaill…yaa the length of our films are increased by our songs and lengthy dialogues. If you can cut both we can make shorter films like Hollywood

anita : sir why u alwas make comedy with akshay not other actors?

Priyadarshan : Sandy…its not intentional that I didnt make Aakrosh with Akshay Kumar. Everybody has their own potential as actors but when u do casting on a script there are other aspects like the look, the body languge, all of which has taken in to consideration. Also the availability of the artists

indy06 : Priyan sir im from canada and was wondering are you going to shoot a movie here sometime?

Priyadarshan : indy…not in the near future

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noori : why changing the entire cast of hera pheri?

Priyadarshan : noori…pls ask the makers. I have no hand in that. I am not directing any Hera Pheri film

sohaiil : why cant Bollywood movie cut short like hollywood one except some?

Priyadarshan : sohaill…yaa the length of our films are increased by our songs and lengthy dialogues. If you can cut both we can make shorter films like Hollywood

indy06 : Sir could you once say hello im from canada and its 2 in the morning was wondering if u can say hi

Priyadarshan : hi indy06

me123456 : Sir, as an comedy hero who is better? Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar?

Priyadarshan : everybody has their own capability and an actor becomes great only when they get the right role. In shot actors are beggars…they cant choose.

pooja83 : when wil u shoot in singapore again???

Priyadarshan : pooja…definitely if the subject demands

mohith : hello sir,when can we expect u directing a telugu film?

Priyadarshan : mohith…ive directed few telugu films but ive stopped doing it only becos i am not able to follow the language perfectly

pooja83 : Which other location is ur most memorable shooting experience for any of ur movies?

Priyadarshan : Ooty for the film Kaillukam


Priyadarshan : pooja…no i am not directing any South films. I really miss making South films which gives me a better job satisfaction but the budgets constraints does not allow me to do the films the way I want to do it in South

rambug : U are great why coz U can make any celebrity or a small artist in to a good entertainer

Priyadarshan : thanks for the compliment rambug

pooja83 : i m from singapore n saw the shooting of DDD buttt honestly didnt enjoy the movie that much

Priyadarshan : everybody has their own opinions and likings when it comes to movies. I appreciate it pooja

mohith : sir,who is ur fav comedian bramhanandham or paresh rawal?

Priyadarshan : Paresh Rawal

pooja83 : do u miss directing south movies? or are u currently directing some??

Priyadarshan : pooja…no i am not directing any South films. I really miss making South films which gives me a better job satisfaction but the budgets constraints does not allow me to do the films the way I want to do it in South

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alefia : did u come across ne victims or witness of honour killing in the making of aakrosh?

Priyadarshan : alefia…fortunately No

rambug : why u always look soo simple ???

Priyadarshan : rambug…I have a middle class upbringing

Nirajj : priyan saab,are all south films dubbed in hindi ?

Priyadarshan : No very few Niraj

pooja83 : why u wanted to become a director?

Priyadarshan : pooja…I think I am not good for anything else

ZamairaKapoor : Do u think that Aakrosh will win at least one National Award?

Priyadarshan : Zamaira…recognition of masses for me is the best award I have ever receieved. When you want to win a national award you should not make Aakrosh you should make Kanchivaram. Aakrosh is a film made for entertainment.

Nirajj : priyan saab,which music directors of hindi cinema are your all time favourite?

Priyadarshan : niraj…RD Burman

mahendra : recently poll conducted on taboid confirmed that ajay is actor most deseving actor for agneepath sir?

Priyadarshan : ya i dont deny mahendra

anita : can u tell smthng about music of aakrosh?

Priyadarshan : anita…music doesnt play a very impt role in Aakrosh but whatever songs we have has the flavor of North Indian folk

zaini : i am from pakistan will u ever come here to direct a film?

Priyadarshan : zaini…if i have a subject

pooja83 : comedy or thrillers.. which ones are easier to direcT>?

Priyadarshan : pooja…difficult is to make a comedy film and the satisfaction as a director comes when u make a thriller film or a serious film

indy06 : Sir does akshay kumar charge a lot for making movies

Priyadarshan : I am not aware of his financial statistics

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Rajvir : Priyan sir when can we see more of ur malayalam films…have u stopped making malayalam films?

Priyadarshan : Rajvir…no definitely i will be doing another film with Mohanlal next year…In the process of writing

anita : sir have u watched once upon a time in mumbai?

Priyadarshan : anita…yes i did

azee8488 : sir what do u say about the box office results of khatta meetha??

Priyadarshan : azee…above average

Nirajj : priyan saab,u make so many films,how many hours a day u work?u work on sundays?

Priyadarshan : Niraj…yaa..its not a govt job…no holidays are there if you are a filmmaker

mahendra : would u like to do romantic film?

Priyadarshan : i do but the problem is the romance in my mind has become too outdated. I need to understand todays romance from youngsters


Priyadarshan : my biggest wish is to make one film in every language of India. I have succeeded only with 6 so far.

Sandy : sir..the next movie which you said is going to start next year with Akshay kumar is the comedy one?

Priyadarshan : not yet decided Sandy

anita : sir as a comedy film director how do u take golmaal series?

Priyadarshan : unfortunately i have not seen it anita

mariya : sir pls i request u to please come to Pakistan

Priyadarshan : i wish i can mariya

indy06 : Priyan sir try directing a punjabi film theres huge fan following aroung the world of Punjabis

Priyadarshan : my biggest wish is to make one film in every language of India. I have succeeded only with 6 so far.

kaleem : when ur taking amirkhan in ur movies

Priyadarshan : kaleem…it depends on whether he likes my script or now. anyway ive narrated a film to him and supposed to give him a script soon.

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sohaiil : if mr mehmood was still alive would have taken him for any roles in ur movies

Priyadarshan : oh sohail…definitely…he was one of my most fav comedians of Indian cinema

mariya : sir if u r not a director,then what would u be doing?

Priyadarshan : I’d be on the roads

mohith : what is the film u doing with Subhash Ghai?

Priyadarshan : mohith…subject is not finalised.

me123456 : Sir, acoording to u, wat is d basic criteria to be a good director?

Priyadarshan : common sense and observation

Nirajj : priyan saab,according to you are our films at par with hollywood as far as the art is concerned?

Priyadarshan : definitely Niraj…few of them are. Even Hollywood survives hardly with 10 directors. The thrash which they are making is much inferior than the thrash which we make.

sheikmo : Which are you favourite hindi and english movies?

Priyadarshan : so many….english all the films of David Lean

Nirajj : priyan saab,there is a belief that hindi films arent the first choice of south audience,is it true?

Priyadarshan : definitely. in all regional areas it is always the second choice

Rajvir : promos of akrosh seems disturbing….can it be seen with entire family

Priyadarshan : rajvir…yes definitely all my films are made only for Families and I always make sure that I dont embarrass any parent when they see my films with their children

Priyadarshan : Watch Aakrosh and understand that this kind of atrocities are happening in a democratic country like ours. Great chatting with you…gotto go now…Priyadarshan.

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