'100 crores or not' - Shirish Talks About 'Joker'
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 08 August 2012
Even though the world around him seems to be more concerned than he is about his Joker entering the 100 crore club, the film's chief architect Shirish Kunder is least perturbed. While fans and followers of Akshay Kumar are anxious to check if the film would also mark a hat trick of centuries for the actor after Housefull 2 and Rowdy Rathore, Shirish doesn't mind confessing that his film is more innovative than masala.
"Shirish has consciously stayed away from adding unwanted masala into Joker. He feels that doing that would have compromised the vision he had for the sci-fi alien comedy. Even though some around him suggested to bring on some quintessential elements, he had innovation in mind", says a close associate of the director.
This means that even though he has aimed Joker at the masses, he is projecting the film more as a family outing which children as the driving force for the target audience.
Says Shirish, "If I was really conscious of the 100 crore club, I would have put a bikini scene in the film or added some kissing. Some even said to me that yahan kuch action daal do, wahan thoda masala aur kar do. However I am not doing that."
Wouldn't it have helped though if he would have taken the step? After all, he had Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha at his disposal.
He reasons, "See, the film is for the masses and commercially speaking, we are in the safe zone. I never made the film with this risk factor in mind that what would happen is 100 crore milestone is not met. Tomorrow when I make a movie with that factor in mind, perhaps I would work on the overall packaging. However, Joker doesn't require that."