Actor-turned-director Sohail Khan said that he is focussing more on directing and producing as he was not happy with the kind of roles he was offered as an actor.
“I was not getting good work as an actor and I don’t want to act just for the sake of it. I had a couple of films in the past but I realised I had a good production house to fall back on. I thought let me direct, let me produce,” he said.
Sohail, 46, said he would act only if he gets good roles otherwise he would be directing and producing as he finds that come naturally to him. “I wanted to slow down and did not want to do unnecessary work for the actor’s tag,” he said.
Talking about his inspiration to become a director he said he is a huge fan of Rajkumar Hirani. “He really works hard on his scripts and knows how to present an inspiring story with entertainment. He has so far made four films in ten years and each of his films is better than the other one and it is unbelievable. I’ve learnt a lot from his movies.”
Sohail, who made his debut as a director with the 1997 film Auzaar and has directed Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s comedy Freaky Ali, said, “I still think I am an amateur. There is a long way to go and I want to keep evolving as a filmmaker.”
Asked about Freaky Ali, he said, “I wanted to make a film on sports for a long time because I have a huge interest in that. I came across the idea of golf and thought of weaving it into reality with the help of my writer, Raaj Shaandilyaa.”
“Also, Nawaz was perfect for the character of Ali in the film as he is a ‘big freak’ in real life as well and only he could have played it so well,” he added.
Freaky Ali is a story of a debt collector (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) who becomes a golfing sensation. It also stars Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson and Jas Arora. – CINEWS