I want to serve the nation
This has been a great year for me. Antakshari is going strong even after
four years, its popularity soaring with every episode. It is one of the top
revenue earners for Zee. On August 1 it completed 200 episodes. Sa Re Ga
Ma is also very popular. Im hoping in 1998 too, both the programmes
will be big draws. Now Im working on a tele-serial with a contemporary
theme, an abitious music-based programme and an Indian classical dance-oriented
tele-serial. Whatever I do, Ill see to it that Im doing a social
service to the nation.
I could give a hit without Govinda
been a reasonably good year for me. With Judwaa I proved that David could
give a hit even without his lucky mascot Govinda. The Salman twin caper did
excellent business and so did Hero No. 1. Frankly, I was always very confident
about Hero No. 1 . It couldnt go wrong. But Mr & Mrs Khiladi and
Deewana Mastana had me a little worried. The media made such a big issue
of the fact that both the films were releasing on the same day. They insisted
that I was being presumptous and adversely affecting the prospects of both
films. Im glad I proved my detractors wrong. Both films were average
grossers despite being released almost simultaneously. I guess, I was very
lucky. If my luck continues to hold, 1998 should be an even better year.
Banarasi Babu and Chhote Miyan Bade Miyan, both with Govinda, will hopefully
small role can get you accolades
two years have been very good for me professionally. Ive had a number
of hits and got some rave reviews for my performances. The year took off
with a bang. Raja Hindustani was doing record business and my two new films,
Judwaa and Hero No. 1, also made it to the top 10 charts. They did phenomenonal
business at a time when the industry was going through a period of crisis,
just recovering from the exhibitors' strike in Mumbai which had resulted
in theatres downing shutters for almost a month. Their success in the
circumstances was most heartening.
the film which made the year really memorable was Dil To Pagal Hai. Not even
in my wildest dreams had I imagined that my performance would get such an
overwhelming response. It has taught me that footage is not important. Even
a small role can get you accolades.
with Yashji was also a learning experience in itself. Hes like a father
figure, a wonderful teacher. Hes so warm and fun on the sets that your
shots get canned without you realising it. Even the most emotional scenes
dont give you a moment of tension. The tears just flow easily and within
minutes after the shot youre smiling again.
1998 will be another wonderful year. I know one thing for sure. Im
not going to depend on any one film. Ill give my 100 per cent to all
my films. You never know which one will hit bulls eye.
topped the charts till July
Arts 1997 was a fantastic year. Our serial, Durga, was launched and Shri
Krishna topped the charts till July. That was a major
last 47 years, we have been organising a havan in our house every year during
Durga pooja. We think it is because of mas aashirwad that we have got
so much name and fame.
be good too. Thanks to the satellite boom and the broadcasting revolution,
software business is suddenly big business. Today the sky is the limit. One
can reach for the stars, reach into space. The small screen is always beckoning.
We have multiple plans for the year. We are planning to expand our hotel
business. We opened a 50-room hotel in Manila last year. Its the last
word in luxury. Haridwar is our next destination. We are also planning to
start a yoga foundation trust and also expand our studio. I guess, we wont
have time to even breathe. 1998 is going to be a very hectic
matured as a director
1997 I regained the showman position Id lost after the debacle of Trimurti.
After that unexpected flop Id been surprised by the way peoples
perception of me and their reactions to me changed, dramatically, almost
overnight. Even my friend Ashok Amritraj who flew down to India three months
after the release of Trimurti noticed the change. I had been written off
after just one disaster. It was disgusting and disheartening. But I never
lost faith in my ability. I knew this was only a passing phase, I knew Id
be back. And after Pardes Im back and so are my stars, financiers and
distributors. No, Im not bitter. Its part of life.
was also a hit but all the credit for the success of that film went to Choli
ke peechhey. I was totally sidelined. But Pardes was a Subhash Ghai film,
most definitely. My films have a lot of glamour and grandeur, theyre
formula films. Pardes was different, an experiment. I replaced my regular
music directors, Laxmikanth-Pyarelal, with Nadeem-Shravan. I opted for two
newcomers. Pardes was a simple family entertainer which had even my wife
worried. She wanted me to make an extravagant multi-starrer at that critical
juncture in my career. But I knew if I didnt take a risk now Id
never achieve anything in life. Im happy my gamble paid off and my
special film was critically acclaimed and was a commercial success too.
Its given me the confidence to attempt films with more depth. Ive
matured as a director.
years Ive announced a new film on my birthday in a grand fashion. This
year I launched my new project in a simple way on my anniversary. Ive
realised only quality films work, gimmicks no longer pull in the
had three victories in 97
year is different for me. Last year was like a masala year for me
fabulous in some parts and okay in some. But one must look at the brighter
side of life and I have achieved three victories. My choreography in Dil
To Pagal Hai was widely appreciated. Diana Hayden, the girl I trained, won
the Miss World contest. And my debut Hindi music album was also
all hopes of getting back into the reckoning
the last couple of years, Id suddenly dropped out of the race for no
fault of mine. Ive always been very selective about the projects I
took on. I had almost lost all hope of getting back into the reckoning when
two long-delayed releases Deewana Mastana and Yes Boss came
along and turned out to be surprise winners. And my career suddenly changed
for the better almost overnight. Thank you 1997.
a miracle year for me and
been a miracle year for me. Most of the numbers I sang were chart toppers.
Even my numbers in Koyla which was only an average grosser were very popular.
The same holds true for ...Aur Pyar Ho Gaya. My number, Meri sanson mein
basa hai, was in the top 10 of all the countdown shows. Viju Shahs
Gupt was also a hit and two of my numbers, Duniya hasinon ka mela and
Bechainiyaan madhoshiyaan too topped the charts. The miracle hit of my career
is, of course, Dil To Pagal Hai. It has made musical history and I was lucky
I got to sing all the numbers in the film. My first Hindi non-film album,
I Love You, is also doing very well and its number, Ab yeh mohabbat, had
become quite a rage even before the release of the album.
too has given four hits this year Chaklo chaklo vada pao and Jago
jago jago subah ho gaye from Ghoongat, Khul gaya naseeb from Bhai and Yeh
mera India from Pardes. My wife, Deepa Narayanan was one of the recipients
of this years Mahila Shiromani Award for her contribution to regional
I dreamt that this year would be so good for my family and me.