I say things on face: Nana Patekar


His hoarding to promote Ab Tak Chappan speaks in your face like the characters he plays.

After his praiseworthy performance in Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot and Darna Marna Hai, he is coming in Varma's new film Ab Tak Chappan. "The movie is not about encounter specialist Daya Nayak. Yes, I met him and discussed a lot of things about encounter specialists," said Nana...
...In the film, the focus is on the human being beneath the uniform. The emphasis is on the person who goes back home as a any other normal father and husband. It is a fictional story but treated very realistically," he further added. Debutant director Shimit Amin has put Nana at par with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro with this film.

He has been tough with many directors and never thought twice befor expressing his views - be it producers, directors or actors. "If I have to say something I say it on the face, yes I was tough with Shimit Amin and insisted on making changes because I felt he was wrong," said Patekar. He says Varma is a great person to work with and a very good human being.

One recollects reports of Karisma Kapoor being upset with him on the sets of Shakti. Apparently Nana's objection stunned Karisma and she flung her mobile phone and walked out of the set in a huff.

"I do not allow people to switch on their mobile phones while we are shooting. It distracts waste time as well. I leave the sets instead of just arguing with them," said Patekar.

But he is also known for helping poor and needy people. "I don't think I am doing anything great. I have also lived in poverty. But today I am in a position to help others, then why should not I do that," explained Nana who is a member of many charitable organisations.

According to sources, a part of his pay cheque from Ab Tak Chappan will go to one of the NGOs.

Does he plan to revive his film project with Amitabh Bachchan? "I wanted to make a film with him. But I haven't been able to talk to him yet so I dropped the idea," he informed.

His last release, Aanch, came and went without any trace. "A movie is just like a cricket game. If I score 50 and rest of the team do not score well then the match is lost. Same rules apply to the films."

A Delhi-based producer is going to launch his son Malhar very soon. The director and the actress are also new.

Nana will wield the megaphone once again for Varma's next production Jumman. "It will be a musical film and the focus will be on the folk music of Maharashtra," he avers. He made his debut as a director with Prahaar with Madhuri Dixit and Dimple Kapadia in the lead.

Nana is planning to direct a play titled Haivadan written by Girish Karnad.