Besides breaking all box office records, Chennai Express has made the Rs. 100-crore club redundant and ushered in the Rs. 200-crore league. Director Rohit Shetty talks of the highs and lows of being a film-maker with the Midas touch
The collections of Chennai Express are still going strong at the box-office in the fourth week. Enough reason for Rohit Shetty, the director of the film, to have a bright smile on his face. He breezes into his palatial office on the sixth floor which opens out to a spectacular view of suburban Mumbai. Quaint remote-controlled toy cars lined up on his window sill are proof that his passion for cars are not just relegated for action sequences in his films. One learns that when the director is free, he and members of his staff play around with these cars! Wearing a striking black tee, the only hint of any kind of flamboyance about the unassuming director are the tattoos on his arms. Slipping in a chair, he admits to being thrilled with the success of Chennai Express, but is quick to clarify that he’s not carried away by it and is already working on the final draft of Singham 2, his next.
It’s rare to see toy cars in an office! Have you always had a fascination for them?
(Laughing) Half of them belong to my son, who plays with them, but yes, cars have been a childhood fascination. I have a fetish for them. I don’t know whether it’s a bad or a good thing, but I spend a lot of money on those things, be it in films or in my personal life. It’s a boy thing.
How are you celebrating the colossal success of Chennai Express?
We had a get-together with Shah Rukh (Khan) and the whole team of CE. But I don’t want to get stuck with the success. If you get carried away, you may begin to believe that it will happen again. But the fact is, this kind of success happens just once-in-a-lifetime. I want to give it respect and cherish it as a sweet memory to encourage me to do good work.
Chennai Express broke many records, including the highest first weekend collections, fastest to reach Rs.100 crore and cross the Rs.200 crore mark. Which among all these figures was the most unexpected?
For me, every day has been exciting ever since it opened well on the first day,