Did the opening day collection of Rs.21.56 crore (official figure from Reliance) meet your expectations
I expected Besharam to do better, but I am very satisfied with the collections. They are highest in my career and Ranbir Kapoors too. For Reliance, it is their fourth highest opening. In UK the film opened in the top 10 grossers on the first day. It has done very well in Punjab, UP, Rajasthan, Delhi and Mysore. But it has not performed in Maharashtra which is the biggest territory, and neither has it done well in Mumbai. There are some other smaller territories where it has not matched our expectations.
What have the reactions been like
They have been extremely polarised. But people on the internet and Twitter have thrashed it and are re-tweeting each others comments. The negativity on the internet is humungous. I must admit that we, my producers and I are suffering because of this. But what can we do It was a simple and entertaining film. I dont know if people were expecting some meaning out of it. But obviously, the fact that Ranbirs character is shameless didnt get across to some people.
You think you could have done away with certain sequences like Rishi Kapoor sitting on the toilet seat and Ranbir Kapoor peeing in the fields
I will do a postmortem and introspection once the film has had its run, but there are definitely contradictory signals about this. The intelligentsia might question me about those scenes, but I obviously thought that it was very funny and so did Rishi Kapoor. In fact Ranbir also wanted to do the film and was fine with the mannerisms of his character, Babli. A director is not a dictator who insists that the actors should do certain scenes because hes paying them. Everyone read the script and it was all planned and we felt that it was very funny. I may have gone wrong, but I think its too early to say.
All kinds of cinema is being made in the country. There was Grand Masti before this which did fabulous business. I guess, my film should be viewed in the right context. Theres a segment, who have turned up their noses. But what is most disappointing for me is how the critics totally lambasted the film which is doing serious damage.
Has there been some positive feedback as well
Yes, there have been some positive reviews which say, if you look for the masti in the film you will enjoy it. I succeeded half way because a lot of people are enjoying it. My co-writer and cameraman who had gone to Gaiety, a single screen in Mumbai, said that they couldnt hear the dialogues because people were laughing loudly.
What was there in Dabangg It was just an entertaining film. I dont think we set out to deliver any great message. That film was my learning ground and I picked up things about what people enjoy and tried to incorporate such entertaining moments in this film too. In Dabangg, Salmans character was also carefree and bindaas. I thought a little bit of crudeness was fine and tried to incorporate that into Besharam as well.
What has been the reaction from the industry and are you planning your next film
The industry has gone silent on me for some reason. I think everyones too scared to say anything. The people I have worked with have responded positively, but others are staying silent. Let the film finish its run and let me see the kind of business it does. After that I will take a break and start thinking about my next. As of now, I dont know where I stand.