There is something about Aditya Chopra and the trust that he shows in his directors despite their earlier attempts behind camera being not-so-flattering. This is pretty apparent when one looks at Vijay Krishna Acharya, the man who had delivered one of the biggest critical and commercial disappointments for Yash Raj Films - Tashan. So what happened next? Instead of pulling him down, he was rewarded with the biggest film ever coming from Yash Raj stable - Dhoom 3.
"That's how Adi is," says a filmmaker fondly, "If he puts his money on you, he would stick by your side. Just a failure or two doesn't matter as long as he sees the right intent and willingness to change, learn and adapt. Yes, Tashan was a flop show but Adi didn't put the entire blame on Vijay. There are so many factors that can go right or wrong when it comes to the film's fortunes."
In the past, there have been close to half a dozen instances when Aditya Chopra has continued to show trust in his directors and given them a second chance. His plans may not have always fallen in place but there has seldom been a director who has been shown the door after merely one attempt.
"Kunal Kohli's directorial debut Mujhse Shaadi Karoge! flopped but Adi trusted him to deliver the goods. The director too reciprocated with Hum Tum followed by Fanaa. Sanjay Gadhvi was an unknown name when he made his debut with a small outside production Tere Liye. However, Aditya saw the potential and the director went on to deliver a hat trick of successes - Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Dhoom and Dhoom 2. Even Shimit Amin had a humble beginning with Ram Gopal Varma's production Ab Tak Chhappan but Adi gave him a much bigger platform and Shah Rukh Khan with Chak De! India," informs a source.
There have been failures too but not after Adi has given them all a second chance.
"Arjun Sablok's Na Tum Jaano Na Hum with an outside production was a disaster despite Hrithik in the lead but he still got to helm Neal 'N' Nikki with Uday Chopra. Jugal Hansraj, a close friend, got two chances too with Pyaar Impossible and Roadside Romeo, both of which were flops. As of now, none of them is making a film for Yash Raj. However Pradeep Sarkar, who hasn't quite enjoyed a flattering outing for the production house so far with either Lafangey Parindey or Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is getting to direct none other than Adi's 'close friend' Rani Mukerji in Mardaani," an insider adds.
No wonder, Vijay Krishna Acharya could play on this cushion of comfort and Adi standing behind him when he got in charge of Dhoom 3. The producer has done his job by giving him the resources, franchise and Aamir Khan no less. Now it is on the director to get second time lucky and create some Dhoom once the film arrives next month.