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Sajid Nadiadwala on Dishoom's success and what Box Office numbers mean to him

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 7:51 IST

Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala has had a successful year so far. His projects, Baaghi, Housefull 3 and Dishoom have worked wonders at the ticket window.

Naiadwala, who turned director with Salman Khan's Kick, says that filmmaking is in his blood.

During a media interaction for Dishoom, Nadiadwala had an exclusive conversation with Catch. Here's what he had to say:

On his funda for success

"My dad was in this line and we used to have many theatres of our own. While growing up, after school I used to be in theatre. So whatever I greenlight, it has to be somewhat in the commercial zone because those are the kind of films I have grown up on."

On whether he wants numbers or acclaim:

"Satisfaction comes when you make a good film and the same if followed by good numbers. How do you gauge success? It is simply through the number of people who have watched the film and appreciated it. Nobody greenlights a film that wouldn't be successful."

On whether Bollywood has a dearth of films with a dual male lead

"Absolutely, not many people are producing two hero films. As a producer I am trying to churn out as many two hero and multi-starrers as possible. If you look at my filmography, I have made a film with Sanjay Dutt - Govinda, Salman Khan - Sunny Deol, Salman Khan - Akshay Kumar and now I am making a film with Saif and Shahid Kapoor. I have grown up on Prakash Mehra's films and I am actually executing what I saw in the young days."

On Dishoom's underwhelming opening day collections:

"The first three days it was drained out in 80 % of the country. Bangalore, Bihar, Gurgaon was completely closed down so we were on the edge of our seat for first three days. This is my lucky week because Kick and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi released in the same week. So the low collection on opening two day was a shocker but we have covered the ground on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday."

First published: 6 August 2016, 10:20 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.