Riteish Deshmukh has acted in over 30 films in the last 11 years. In 2012, he also turned producer with a Marathi film, and has backed multiple projects since then.
Now, after spending plenty of time observing and learning the art of film-making during his shoots, Riteish hopes to explore another avenue — direction.
Ask Riteish if he has thought of directing a film and he says, "Of course I have, but if I’ve given it a thought today, I need three years to act on it. You can’t do it on impulse; you need to understand the job. It’s a lot of work and a lengthy process. I will probably work on it in a year or two."
The actor says that while directing a film is an instinctive process, he has gained a lot of knowledge about the job by being on film sets as an actor or producer. He explains, "Many directors have made films because they had conviction. Ram Gopal Varma was a video library owner, and one day, he went and directed Shiva (1990)."
Ritiesh feels that direction is an obvious progression for him. "As an actor you own a part of the film, as a producer you own the entire film, but as a director, you are the magician; you are the creator. After acting in so many films, I progressed to producing the content that I believe in, and supporting what I feel will be successful. Now, I’d like to direct." he says.