India's Most Wanted Director Rajkumar Gupta: 'Sad That My Film Won't Release in Dubai'
Rajkumar Gupta's gritty terrorism thriller opened to good reviews in India but has missed its date with Dubai over some objectionable dialogue
The enormously powerful and credible director Rajkumar Gupta is all set to unleash his newest project India’s Most Wanted this Friday. Gupta’s earlier films Aamir (2008), No One Killed Jessica(2011), Ghanchakkar(2013) and Raid(2018) have been received with varying degrees of admiration and curiosity by critics and the audience.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the selection of themes and the actors on board. It’s been an honour and pleasure to work with dedicated actors like Rajeev Khandelwal, Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Emraan Hashmi, Ajay Devgan and now Arjun Kapoor. They are all indispensable to my creative vision,” says Gupta.
He met his wife Myra Karn during the making of No One Killed Jessica where she played the title role.
I’ve never seen Gupta so nervous. “It’s a subject that has been with for more than four years, Initially I didn’t know how to approach this complex plot. Gradually everything fell into place. I am glad I got Arjun Kapoor on board. He was my first and only choice.”
The film about nabbing a real-life global terrorist was shot on-location in Patna(Bihar) and Nepal. “It was not easy. But it wasn’t so difficult either.The crowds were curious but manageable.We owe a lot to the local families who were so hospitable while we shot the film in Patna,” says Raj gratefully.
India’s Most Wanted is special to Rajkumar as his wife Myra Karn is co-producer on the project. “We’ve done the best we could. India’s Most Wanted is not a timepass entertainer. I strongly believe making films on global issues such a terrorism requires a heightened level of responsibility from its maker. One can’t be careless when doing a subject such as this. Lives are lost in terror attacks.Those lives can’t serve as entertainment,” says Rajkumar Gupta.
About the film missing its release in Dubai Rajkumar comments, "It 's really sad. I believe we've a huge viewership in Dubai and I respect their love for our cinema. Regrettably there was an issue over Dubai being mentioned in my film in a particular context. But I promise my next film will make Dubai very happy."
Rajkumar and his wife Myra intend to visit Dubai soon for a holiday.