Remo calls Race 3 a learning experience
According to Remo D’Souza As a maker, yes, I’m under pressure. Both Race and Race 2 did well and were directed by legends AbbasMustan, of whom I’m a fan. Now, I’ve come in as the director, I have Salman Khan, a huge cast and the action is next level, so there’s a lot of pressure.
With his upcoming film, Race 3, just few days away from its release, filmmaker Remo D’Souza is enjoying this “mixed feeling” of excitement and nervousness.
It is crazy. It’s like when you know you’ve written the exam well but you are waiting for the result,” he says. Directing an ensemble cast with big stars, which includes Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Bobby Deol, Remo calls this film a “learning experience”.
In a freewheeling chat, the filmmaker opens up about taking the hit franchise forward and the pressure which comes along, directing Salman Khan, making him dance and more. As a maker, yes, I’m under pressure. Both Race 1 and Race 2 have done well and they were directed by legends Abbas-Mustan, of whom I’m a fan. Now, I’ve come in as the director, have Salman Khan, and a huge cast and the action is next level, so there’s a lot of pressure.
This was a surprise film for me. I still can’t believe that I’ve finished shooting the film before time. It’s also Salman’s fastest film and it all happened because of him.
He was there on time and did everything leaving me surprised. So, it was very, very easy. I’ve learned a lot from every actor in this film. But Salman sir and Anil Kapoor have taught me so much. They’re so grounded and passionate about making films and so professional about the process that it’s unbelievable.
I remember once Salman had to fly back to Mumbai, and he was reaching early morning. I said, ‘Take rest and then come on the sets by afternoon.’ But at 7 in the morning, I got a call from him, saying,‘I’m at the airport and I’m coming to the sets now.’ That was amazing. My idea [from day one] was to make him dance. I know he has this typical style of small steps that people love. And, in addition to that, I made sure he tried other dance styles, too. He loves dancing, so it wasn’t much of a challenge. He’s got his fan following and people love him for the star he is. I’m a huge Salman fan; like those who whistle, clap and jump each time he comes onscreen. I always wanted to do a film with him.
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