Sabbir Khan‘s film Munna Michael, which released on July 21, is his third film with Tiger Shroff, after Heropanti and Baaghi.
There is buzz that Sabbir will direct Dabangg 3 with Salman Khan.
The director speaks to Rediff.
Is Tiger your lucky mascot?
I hope so! I hope the third film is as loved and appreciated as the last two.
We have a slightly emotional journey. We started almost together: I was one film old and he was starting off.
We push each other to do well.
Both of us are filmi.
He talks less, so we only talk about work and how to better ourselves.
Tiger and you aren’t filmi, and yet, your films are typical Bollywood films. How are you un-filmi?
I grew up watching those kinds of films.
I grew up going to theatres with 1,000 seating. There would be a collective euphoria about a certain emotion, whether it was drama or action.
I feel films should be enjoyed like that.
I will always try and find a story that interests me and I try to say it as entertainingly as possible.
Maybe people can say that’s typical Bollywood, and that’s right. But I am separate from my professional world.
I make these films, but personally once I finish the film, I disappear. You won’t know where I am.
Why did you choose Nidhhi Agarwal?
I am making a conscious effort with every film to infuse a new talent, whether it’s an actor, a technician or a musician.
I hope my films keep working so that I can continue to do so.
How has Tiger evolved?
In the first film, he was completely new.
He had not assisted on another film either. He knew nothing about filmmaking.
So I felt like I was teaching him everything.
During Baaghi, there were times when I would say something, and he would understand me while I was still saying that sentence, and we would smile at each other.
This time around, he is far more confident.
He is like a trained actor. He would come to the set and try to impress me.
If I want something from him, he will go a little above it to impress me. So he was trying to bring something to the table.
He is a far better actor now.
Munna Michael looks like a dance film.
I won’t say Munna Michael is an out-and-out dance film.
There are a lot of layers in it. There is human drama, emotion… the film is about dreams.
It’s about how a lot of us are trapped in a job we don’t really want to do.
You don’t need only doctors or engineers, you can be painters, singers, dancers…
Society needs all kinds of people.
This is set against the backdrop of dance.