Nana Patekar is one actor who is known across all generations. He may look slightly reserved and shy, but the 'Welcome' actor surely knows how to win hearts with his talks. And while the veteran star is prepping up for 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' and 'Welcome Back', we catch up with him for a candid conversation at a suburban venue, where the 65 year old is tirelessly giving interviews. Excerpts:
'Ab Tak Chappan' was a cult film. So how will 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' story move forward?
You should witness the film because crime pattern has absolutely changed. Initially there were illiterate people getting involved into crime. Now, the literates are getting into this. It has become corporate crime. Also Political participation has increased. So to tackle with this kind of crime, you need a different modus operandi. This film is more about emotional overtones of Sadhu Agashe, my character. Crime is just a backdrop.
You are a real actor in terms of portraying realism in movies. Given the fact that Censor Board has come out with a new list, what will be edited out of 'Ab Tak Chappan 2'?
I don't know. See, a bad word depends on how one spells it out. It is dependent on how one perceives it. The tone matters - whether you are using a cuss word to abuse someone or to just address someone. And which Censor are you talking about? There is no control over the youtube channels and there are so many kids watching porn films, so this Censor Board appears to be a joke. Of course, it is necessary that one shouldn't abuse without reason. But for that, the Board members themselves have to be sensitive and they should have the power to understand in what manner those cuss words are spoken.
There were reports that after 'Prahaar', you were going to direct 'Ab Ta Chappan 2'â€¦
Interruptsâ€¦ Unofficially, I have directed many films. Like for 'Ab Tak Chappan 2', the director was a first timer, so I guided him at places where he required my help. I am that kind of an actor who interferes with the director in a film. But officially, I will be directing in films after I finish working on 'Natya Samrat' and 'Pratibimb'.
How was the experience of shooting 'Ab Tak Chappan 2?
I think people will like this film. It was an exercise for me to shoot this film.
You have 'Ab Tak Chappan 2' followed by 'Welcome Back' and both films people have great expectations from you. Do you still feel the pressure?
No never, I do not feel any kind of pressure. Whether the film works or no, it doesn't pressurize me. While shooting I have put in all my efforts, that is all what matters to me.
'Ab Tak Chappan' came out in 2004 and the sequel is coming out in 2015. Was it difficult to get into Sadhu Agashe's character again?
No, it is easy. For you it is 11 years, but for me the film is aired on television twice a month. So there is no gap.
You have played many sensitive characters in your film journey. Which has been the most difficult character in terms of sensitivity?
All the characters trouble you. Nothing happens easily. Even a 'Welcome' gives you troubles. So you should have the capacity to switch on and switch off.
Is there any other character that you have been keen to play on-screen?
I wanted to play Bhagat Singh, but now it is not possible because of my age.
Any other biopic you want to do?
No. I am going to play Baba Amte now. I already played Prakash. So I might even produce that film.
You have been doing such exceptional work in Marathi cinema. What is stopping you from doing so in Hindi?
We are not getting such good scripts in Hindi. And then they want us to sell the film, market it and all. That doesn't suit me. If as an artist I am getting enough satisfaction in regional cinema, then why should I do routine kind of a film only because it is Hindi? I am not interested. I would rather satisfy myself.
Can you tell us something more about 'Natya Samrat'?
It is an old play which was performed for the first time by Dr. Lagoo. The role was in my system for long but now I am eager to let it out. It is giving me lot of troubles. It is something like, if I am doing that play, then I am successful as an actor. The role is very sensitive and emotionally challenging. It doesn't allow you to sleep. I was to do it in Hindi also but I cannot shoot it simultaneously. We will see later on, whether Amitabh does it or me.
What is your take on AIB Roast controversy?
I heard about it but I am absolutely ignorant for it. I will never participate in something like this. In fact, even when we are sitting in a group of friends and there is a girl sitting, we mind our language because these things are not permitted in our values. We are brought up in that way. Whether it is right or wrong, you guys should think about it. I don't find it right. This may be happening in the West, but here people cannot digest, so one shouldn't do it.
A decade has passed between 'Ab Tak Chappan' and 'Ab Tak Chappan 2's release. What do you think has changed in Mumbai police and the Underworld?
Now you don't have that kind of an Underworld, previously which existed, probably because it is easier to catch them. But other things have changed. Political interference has increased and some of them are the biggest criminals.
Which are your forthcoming films?
I am doing Prakash Raj's next film, a love story. Then there is a film with Mahie Gill. I also have 'Natya Samrat' and 'Baba Amte'.