By Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama News Network
No Entry - Superhit. Welcome - Blockbuster. Singh Is Kinng - Yet another major success. The man behind each of the three films? Anees Bazmee, who is clearly the darling of the producers and distributors now as far as coming with a guarantee card which reads HIT at the box office.
"Till date I have followed a simple adage - 'Apni tareef maine kabhi kari nahi aur naa hi doosro ki buraai' (I have neither hailed myself nor pulled anyone down). The same remains the case even after Singh Is Kinng. I stay on as the same simple person in spite of being in the industry for more than 30 years and rest assured I would be the same till I make my last film. I was accessible yesterday, I am approachable today as well," says Bazmee in a humble tone even as his Singh Is Kinng has now officially made a first week opening record all over.
A point to be noted is that each of his successful films has boasted of top stars - Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha [Ajay Devgan, Kajol], Deewangee [Ajay Devgan], No Entry [Salman Khan], Welcome [Akshay Kumar] and now Singh Is Kinng [Akshay Kumar]. Has he ever faced any kind of pressure or challenge while making these films since he came with a certain responsibility of ensuring that his big films do not disappoint? "Not at all," admits Bazmee, "For none of these films did I have ever face any kind of pressure. In fact, it was for the first time in case of Singh Is Kinng when I did start getting nervous pangs but that was again before the release of the film and not during the shoot. I was chilled out during the process of making the film but it was only a month before the release that I started wondering whether the film would meet the huge expectations that all the buzz, hype and the track record of all of us associated with the film was generating. It was a welcome relief to be a part of such an unprecedented response."
But honestly, isn't he worried about his next film which is tentatively titled It's My Life? Doesn't it bother him that Harman has just delivered a flop in Love Story 2050? "I won't lie that I am not nervous here," confessed Bazmee, "In fact, for the first time ever in my career as a director, I am under pressure. And let me be fair to the boy because it has nothing to do with him. It is more to do with an image that I am carrying now after No Entry, Welcome, and Singh Is Kinng. People out here have started expecting, and rightly so, that I should be giving a blockbuster with every film of mine. Of course, it is a great feeling of pride if they show such trust in you. But in such cases, you can't help but get ready for the pressure situation."
Even though Victory would be Harman's next release, Bazmee's film is widely touted as a re-launch of sorts for the Baweja junior. "I am aware about such expectations and I am ready for the challenge," says the filmmaker. His It's My Life brings Genelia Dsouza and Nana Patekar with Harman Baweja, "It is a big responsibility and considering the nice and sincere boy that Harman is, I am sure we would work together on making a film that all of us would be proud of."