Nikkhil Advani reveals why it took him 3 years to direct a film after ‘Katti Batti’
Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani who has given us films like ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Salaam-e-Ishq’, is busy producing films these days. The last film he directed was Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan starrer ‘Katti Batti‘ and that released in 2015.
Nikkhil will be returning to direction with John Abraham starrer ‘Batla House’, a thriller drama. Announcing the film, a few days back Nikkhil had posted on Twitter, “This day 5years ago #Dday released and unknowingly we started down a path that would create our identity. Thrilled to be able to announce our next #BatlaHouse a journey that started with @writish and that will end with @TheJohnAbraham #BhushanKumar @TSeries @EmmayEntertain”
In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, revealing about what took him so long to direct a film post ‘Katti Batti’, Nikkhil said, “I had set out to remake a classic and though ‘Hero’ opened well, it didn’t work. Neither did ‘Katti Batti’ which arrived a week later even though I had enjoyed making it. After two back-to-back flops, I was on the back foot. Also, I had just launched my own production company with my sister Monisha and our friend Madhu Bhojwani and realised that I couldn’t be the only one making films, I needed to nurture other filmmakers as a producer.”
He further added, “Then, during ‘Airlift’, Ritesh Shah came to me with the script of ‘Batla House’. ‘D-Day’ had got me lots of accolades and this was in the same space. I wanted to make it but as I had many films on the floors, I told Ritesh to wait for me. We didn’t know then that he’d have to wait four years. But the timing is right. ‘Satyameva Jayate’ helped me build a relationship with Bhushan Kumar and with him on board on ‘Batla House’ too, I felt it was time to get back to direction.”
Well, we are excited to watch Nikkhil direct John Abraham in ‘Batla House’, what about you guys? Aren’t you all looking forward to this film?
‘Batla House’ will be jointly produced by T-Series, Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures LLP and JA Entertainment in association with Bake My Cake Films.