After his film Boxer failed at the box office almost three decades ago, Mithun Chakraborty had sworn he would never produce a film again. But that was then. Mithun is back to don the producer’s hat with his next film starring his son Mimoh, Suniel Shetty and Kay Kay Menon. In a spectacularly jovial mood, the veteran also talks about his goodwill in the industry and why he prefers his children create their own space in Bollywood.
What made you change your mind about producing films?
One requires a lot of patience to be a producer. The reason why I came back to production is Ashu Trikha, the director of my film. He narrated this concept to me and after thinking about it for a day, I told him let’s make it.
You have a lot of goodwill in the industry. Did that help in producing the film?
It does help. Actors like Kay Kay, Suniel, Johnny Lever and even Ashu did not charge their market price. Everyone has stood by me financially and taken it upon himself to make this the best film possible.
So, will we see you producing more films, post this?
Depends on how Enemmy fares at the box office. My wife (Yogita Bali) wanted to produce at least one film. I think the credit should go to her, as she is the one who did everything. It is just my name in the credits and I guess, that’s why I haven’t been paid (laughs).
People still believe that you should have launched Mimoh...
I am against it. Theek hai agar logo ko lagta hai ki mein galat hoon, so be it. I had said on the first day itself that I will not call anyone or request anyone to take my son. Everyone has to fight their own battle and that’s exactly what he is doing.
You are doing some interesting roles at this stage of your career...
I would be a fool if I say that I can dance like Hrithik Roshan at this stage of my career. Though I have had iconic films like Disco Dancer, I am enjoying more as an actor now. Back when I was the hero, stardom was bigger. Now the emphasis is on the characters. I won’t deny that stardom still rules, like in the case of Salman Khan, but in my time it was much more.
Can you elaborate?
For instance, when my films were made, the producers used to first talk about the five songs and six fights in the project and then the story would be narrated to me. The distributor used to complain if there were only four songs instead of five.
As an actor and a father, what are you looking forward to next?
I have four kids and as a father I want to see them established in whatever they do. My second son Rimoh wants to get into direction and has already made a short film. He will be taking it to the festival circuits soon. My third son Namashi, who is 20, is waiting in the wings. My 16-year-old daughter Dishani has not decided yet about what she wants to pursue in life.