Is Ram-Leelaís red palette an indication that you are done with the blues and the blacks?
Jo daba ke rakha tha itne time se, itís all come out in this one. Iíve been fearless while making this film. For Ram-Leela, I looked at Shakespeareís Romeo and Juliet. The colour palette is red because after the Catholic colours of Black and Guzaarish and the Muslim green of Saawariya, I wanted to move into a new zone. So I went back to my Gujarati roots. I went back to my Bhuleshwar childhood which was replete with achaar and theplas. Itís the first time Iíve named a heroine after my mother. Ram is like my father. This is a tribute to a love story that I wanted to see as a child ó the one I hoped existed. Iíve given my all to Ram-Leela and couldnít make it better if given another chance.
Is there a film that you feel would become better if you made it again?
'Khamoshi'. I feel that film was a dishonest moment in my career because somewhere, I compromised. I was forced to change the ending. I was told that the audience would stop watching the film midway, so I gave in. Since it was my first film, I didnít know any better.
No other film? What about Saawariya?
Not even Saawariya. Yes, it failed, but I wonít change anything about it. It is the film that I wanted to make. Iím proud of it.
But how do you react to a failure? How do you get it out of your system?
The moment the first trailer of the film goes out, a part of me goes out with it and when the film releases, in a way, I get released from it. Within 10 days, Iím onto the next film. Iíve never taken a break of more than two-three days after a film. I want to quickly get onto the new story with a new team because thatís the way I get rejuvenated.
The tagline of Ram-Leela is ĎGoliyon ki raas leelaí. Weíve seen you handle raas leela in your films, but the golis are surprising.
I canít live in my comfort zone forever. Itís really funny because till date, action in my movies hasnít gone beyond a slap. Whenever I used to call (action director) Shyam Kaushal, he would get very irritated and tell me, ĎKya, thappad hi maarne ka