Mohit Suri has
established himself as a director who offers romance with a dark twist. Be it
Aashiqui 2, Hamari Adhuri Kahani or the upcoming release Half Girlfriend which
tells the story of a couple from two different sides of the track. While Arjun
Kapoor plays Madhav, a boy who grew up in moffusil India, Riya is a spoilt brat
from Delhi. In a free-wheeling conversation he talks about rumours of a tug-of-war
between Ekta Kapoor and Mukesh Bhatt over him and how he got the biggest life
lesson from Anurag Basu. Excerpts:
When you were directing your first film, I was there on the sets. It’s been some journey for you. Now when people call you a hotshot director, how do you react?
Actually you feel more pressure. With success comes more responsibility and I find it unbelievable when people say that they find themselves more confident after success. I still remember you took my first interview when I was directing my first film and I clearly remember you asking me that what will I do if the film fails? It was only later I realized that I had not thought about it. It was an innocent phase where you are not aware of the meaning of a hit or flop. I knew nothing and I was only 22 years old. I was happy making a film. I think, after you are successful, you realize that people are watching you, judging you and then there is the pressure to deliver, be it your film or music or performances. Sometimes you miss the innocence you had in the beginning but very few people will admit to it. What I have realised in the last 12 years of making and directing films is that I am in a profession that I really love. I can wake up in my sleep and go direct. By the way, I had no car when you first met me.
Which car are you driving these days?
Right now I have a Range Rover that was gifted to me by Ekta Kapoor.