Engineer-turned actor Sonu Sood has now become a film producer. The actor, known for his performances in films like Dabangg, Happy New Year and Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi, will be seen grooving with Prabhu Deva and Tamannaah in his debut production, Tutak Tutak Tutiya.
Sonu, who has also featured in Jackie Chan's film, Kung Fu Yoga, with Amyra Dastur, talked about his debut production film to a news agency. Excerpts:
Did you always want to get into the production business?
I feel things just happen; you don't plan them. I was pursuing my engineering career before I got into acting and now I have become a producer. This is my first film as a producer and I have realised that bahut mehnat ka kaam hai. You have to work night and day on music, costumes, other production work -- it's a difficult job. But I have also learnt a lot from this film and all because of my team -- they made life easier.
Why did you choose the comedy genre for your first production?
We are offering a mixture of horror and comedy with music -- it defines a complete entertainer. I feel this genre has not been explored much.
Why has the film been titled Tatuk Tutak Tutiya?
We had thought about a different title but this film is essentially a mystery. I was born in Punjab and have been brought up there; and many people will relate to this title. The film has a lot of funny and comic elements so no other title suits the film better.
The film's version of the song is different from the original 'Tutak Tutak Tutiya' song.
The original song is by Malkit Singh but we have recreated this song for our film. We have gone ahead only after taking the rights for the original song.
Do the Telugu and Tamil versions have the same supporting actors?
All the supporting actors have been changed to suit the language. After completing the Hindi take, the Tamil supporting actors would give the shot and then the Telugu actors would take over. There was a lot of planning and programming for which the credit goes to A L Vijay sir (the film's director). After seeing the film, we feel that a great thought has been executed.
Was it intimidating to dance with Prabhu Deva?
Prabhu sir and I rehearsed together; I would insist on many rehearsals. I have worked with him in two of his directorial ventures -- the way he presents his actors is phenomenal.
Will you produce Punjabi films too?
I would love to produce not just Punjabi films but films in other languages as well.
Will you be showing this trailer to Jackie Chan?
Definitely. In fact, he is the one who unveiled the first look of this film.
-- Sourced from Ami Sheth, Bollywood News Service