After a disastrous debut with Blue, Anthony D’Souza, the director of Akshay Kumar’s latest release ‘Boss’ says that he is pleased with the response that his film has got.
With Boss collecting Rs 40 crore in its first extended weekend, the director has already started planning his next, an aerial adventure film.
“It’s a pet subject. It’s a project close to my heart. And I want to make it the way I do. I am happy that ‘Boss’ has been accepted. More than myself, I am glad for my wife who has gone through three years of uncertainty. And my 8 year old son loved ‘Boss’,” he said.
Asked to comment on the response that his last film has received, Anthony said “How do I feel? No, I don’t feel vindicated, just happy and relieved that my producers will make money. My film opened very well at the single theatres. It is an out-and-out masala entertainer. I guess Akshay and I have grown up watching the films of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan and this is our humble homage to that style of filmmaking”
Although the film was a remake of ‘Pokkiri Raja’, the direct says they changed several elements in the film to suit the national audience.
“We were very sure there were elements from the original that we could take and many elements that did not suit the Hindi-speaking audiences. Even the action sequences are very different. They are more realistic. We had a one-on-one fight between Akshay Kumar and Ronit Roy in climax that wasn’t there in the original”
On the support that he has received from Akshay after the failure of ‘Blue’, Anthony says “I tried a different language in ‘Blue’. I failed. So I gravitated towards a conventional commercial language. What attracted me to ‘Pokkiri Raja’ was the father-son story. I lost my father when I was 14.”
“Akshay too remains deeply attached to his father although he is no more. In fact, Akshay sir’s father gave me my first break to make a commercial while I got my first feature film ‘Blue’ because of Akshay sir. After ‘Blue’, I’d have wiped out if Akshay sir hadn’t supported me. I never went to any actor after ‘Blue’. It was only Akshay Kumar for me. ” he added.