"Priyadarshan is unaware of his calibre"
By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor, who re-united with director Priyadarshan in "Tezz" after a gap of 14 years, says the filmmaker has a lot of potential in him but hasn't realised it yet.
The 52-year-old actor worked with Priyadarshan first in the 1997 film "Virasat" and thinks that the filmmaker is one of the best directors in the country. "The problem with Priyadarshan is that he doesn't even know how good he is. I recently told him that he is not just one of the best directors in the country but also a filmmaker of international calibre. There are certain directors who just want to work and he is one of them who just goes on and on making movies," Anil told PTI.
The actor also said he doesn't mind that Priyadarshan made quite a few films sans him after "Virasat" and is happy that they have worked together again. "He did come to me after 'Virasat' as well. There were certain films that he had offered to me but we couldn't work together for certain reasons. However when he narrated me the idea of 'Tezz' and also a little bit of its story, I felt that I should do it," he said.
"Moreover he told me that I didn't have the choice of saying 'no'. He categorically said me that only I could do this role. He was of the view that with any lesser actor, the film won't work so naturally I went ahead," he added.
"Tezz" released on April 27 but failed to create magic at the box office. The film also starred Ajay Devgn, Zayed Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Sameera Reddy in lead role. Anil has been in Bollywood for more than two decades now and has given hits like "Ram Lakhan", "Mr India", "Tezaab", "No Entry" and "Race".
The actor, whose Hollywood career took off after the Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire", was recently seen in Tom Cruise starrer "Mission Impossible 4". Anil's role in the film was too short leaving his fans disappointed.
"You don't know how things would shape up when you consent to doing a film. These are chances that you have to take on an instinct. Sometimes you think that things would be right and director would deliver what he had promised.
"Then you start hoping that its action and overall production would go as per plans. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't," Anil said. PTI