Luv Ranjan: “Yes, I’ve Met Ranbir Kapoor”

After the unexpectedly gigantic success of Sonu Ke Titu  Ki Sweety(SKTKS)  Luv Ranjan has become  one of  the most sought-after directors in Bollywood. Producers are approaching Ranjan  with obscene  remuneration.

 But  the director is  not  in the mood to cash in  on the  incredible success of  SKTKS.

Says  Ranjan, “I won’t direct a film  for the next one-and-a-half years.Before I move on  to  my next project as  a director, I need to establish myself as a reliable producer, so that I can  produce  films for the  talented people who have worked with me .Right now I am  producing a film for my editor Akiv Ali featuring Ajay Devgan. While  giving Akiv full freedom to direct  the film the way he wants I am also a hands-on producer, I am there for him every step of the way.”

Ranjan says he has a very  clear reason for  turning producers. “There are  certain stories that I want to tell . But I feel I may not be the best person to direct  those stories. For example, I am not completely comfortable  doing extensive  outdoor shootings. I am far more comfortable in  the controlled  confines  of a studio. So if I have story that requires  the characters  to go outdoors a lot I may choose  to get one of my associates  to  direct.”

As for his next directorial venture Luv Ranjan admits he has several ideas and  he is meeting stars. “Yes I did meet Ranbir  Kapoor, and we discussed some  ideas. But that’s about it. There’s no concrete  plan yet to work with Ranbir or anyone else. Like I said, I won’t be directing for the next  19 months at least. I’ve no insecurities  about losing the audiences’ interest and attention.  Even before  SKTKS there were periods when  I was not directing a  film but scripting preparing. I am not afraid  of  losing out on success.”

At the  moment Luv Ranjan  is  consumed  by the film he is producing for Akiv Ali.  “I  was  in London for  several weeks scouting locations  with Akiv. Then I had a  bit of    a health issue.Now I am back on my feet.”

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