Mumbai, June 1 -- In 2005, director Mohit Suri made his debut with the Emraan Hashmi-starrer Zeher. He went on to helm several other hits - Murder 2 (2011), Aashiqui 2 (2013) and Ek Villain (2014).
As he completes a decade in the industry this year, he talks to us about not wanting to work with big stars and why he isn't worried about being stereotyped in Bollywood.
Ten years have passed since you made your debut. How do you look back at your journey?
The best part is that I got to learn film direction on the job. One of the most important things I have realised about myself is that I don't follow the path that people show to me; whenever I have done so, I have failed. So, now, I only do things that I am sure of. I got Atif Aslam (singer) from across the border (Pakistan) to sing for my first film. It became a huge hit. Himesh Reshammiya generously told me that he reinvented his music after listening to the song, 'Woh lamhe' (from Zeher). Having said that, I still don't think I know my job, but I work with my heart. Even today, I get butterflies whenever I start a new project.
You are yet to make a big-budget film. Why?
I am not interested in making big-budget Bollywood films. I want to make the best Bollywood films. I don't think money makes movies. I don't think marketing makes movies work, and neither does technology. Invariably, stories make movies work.
You have made a string of romantic films. Your new film with Vidya Balan is also a love story. Do you fear getting typecast?
As an artiste, make films that you believe in; whether it is a love story or an action film does not matter. I feel Yo Yo Honey Singh (composer-singer) believes in what he does, and he is honest to himself. Mithoon (composer) might not make the same music. Yet, I am a fan of both. Getting stereotyped does not matter as long as you are doing things you believe in.
From the beginning, you have worked repeatedly with the Bhatts. Is this a conscious decision?
As a professional, I think it is about being comfortable working with a few people. The production house I have been working with gives me the scope to make the films I believe in. We share the passion for movies.
You have collaborated with a music label to promote independent musicians. Tell us more about it.
It will serve as a platform for many musicians to showcase their talent, and we can then help promote these artistes. Today, musicians face a lot of difficulties in finding the route to showcase their work. It will definitely help a lot of people as well as the music industry.