Why do you compose music only for your own films nowadays?
I became a director so that I could keep the music composer inside me alive … I had stopped getting offers to compose music for films; and becoming a director was the only way to keep the music director in me alive.
Your last film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola was a commercial disappointment.
I don’t care what happens with my film after it releases because that becomes the past; and you want to look ahead and not behind. But you definitely learn from your mistakes.
Have you taken care to make your next film, Haider more commercial?
For me Haider is like a new journey. I don’t see whether it will work or no, I don’t care about that.
Haider is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. You seem attracted most to dark films.
Human relation attracts me the most; and not just me but everyone. We all have the negativity and positivity inside us; if you say you have only positive then you are lying. We all have negative thoughts within us it is up to us to choose what to do with them. Gabbar Singh was the greatest villain and Langada Tyagi was also loved a lot.
You have got together an impressive cast. You have reteamed with Tabu 10 years after Maqbool.
We go back a long way. Of the songs that I have composed, the largest number has been picturised on Tabu because we both entered with Maachis.
You have worked with Irfan Khan earlier; how did you decide on Kay Kay?
Kay Kay and Irfan are among the best actors in our country. I wanted to work with Kay Kay for a very long time but never got the chance earlier. I am fortunate that this time he could work with me.
Finally, what was the reason for choosing Shahid to play the title role?
I needed a committed actor because Hamlet has been with me for a very long time I have worked with Shahid in Kaminey and I shared a good rapport with him. With Haider, we found each other committing completely to it.