How you do you choose the music for your movies?
I have never called any music director and asked for anything. I have always told them what the situation is. I cast the music directors depending on who is good for which song. When I started off my career, the big guys won’t work with me. So I started working with all the new guys.
What I have maintained throughout is that I give one new musical talent a platform through my film, be it Arijit Singh or Ankit Tiwari. I am constantly aware of what’s relevant to the youth.
What are your opinions on the latest trend of remixing old songs in Bollywood?
I don’t have any problem with it. I am actually not against it or for it. My daughter dances on many of these recent remixes. At the same time, I also feel there should be a more organised pattern of doing it. The original makers should be given the due credit and royalties should be shared.
When you replicate only past formulas of success, you will have nothing to lead in the future. If you really see it that way, ‘Kabir Singh’ is a prime example to say the popular music last year was all originals. Bhushan Kumar has never asked me to remix an old song.
Would you like to try your hands on some unexplored genres of films?
I don’t go by the genre I want to do. I have done romantic films like ‘Aashiqui 2’ and ‘Half Girlfriend’, thrillers like, ‘Ek Villain’ and ‘Malang’, even horror film like ‘Raaz’. So I don’t think we should sit and think about the genre. I would love to do a biopic though and also a comedy film if I find the right script. I just want to do that seems good at the moment. It is going to take one year of your life, it should be worth it.
On the work front, he will next be seen helming the most awaited sequel of ‘Ek Villain’. The movie will reportedly star Aditya Roy Kapur, John Abraham, Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria.