After a wait of five long years, producer Vipul Shah has rolled out the sequel to his 2011 hit Force this time with Abhinay Deo as the director. In an exclusive joint chat with indianexpress.com, Vipul and Abhinay tell us about the new action world that they have created and why John Abraham is one of the best action heroes today.
How would you rate John Abraham as an action star?
Abhinay: John is one of the best action stars in our country. He is our version of The Rock, Dwayne Johnson. He has built his image such. There was a time when Dharmendra used to beat 40 people and we used to believe it because it was Dharmendra. Today, John makes action believable.
Vipul, why did you choose Abhinay Deo as the director for the sequel and not Nishikant Kamat who directed Force?
Vipul: The film needed to go into a different world and as a producer, I thought Abhinay had to be that person to create that world and I am happy that he directed it for he has taken it to a different level. Force released in 2011. In these five years, the world has changed, India has changed and a director needed to bring that element into the sequel. We need to have a progressive element, a version that is relevant in today’s world.
Does that mean Nishikant was not capable of creating that world?
Vipul: I never looked at it as Nishikant can’t and I should go to Abhinay. I looked at it from the point of view of what I wanted from Force 2 and I thought Abhinay was the best person to get me that. This is no comment on Nishikant or his ability. Nishikant is a great director. But for my vision Abhinay was the best guy.
Abhinay, what is the different world that you have created for Force 2?
Abhinay: When I met Vipul, he said we need to make Force 2 bigger.The idea was Force one was limited to Mumbai Police and the narcotics department of the Mumbai Police. We didn’t want to limit it to a jurisdiction. We wanted to address issues that are larger. That is what we did. We took up an international issue. I like merging conflicting worlds together. On one side I wanted to make it a realistic film and on the other I wanted it to look stylish as well. Realism sometimes looks less stylish and stylish ones sometimes look unreal. Balancing both are difficult and international films thrive on that.
Any apprehensions before directing Force 2 given that the prequel was directed by Nishikant?
Abhinay: I had seen Force as a viewer and liked it. There were no apprehensions. Nishikant is a great friend. Directing Force 2 was never about one against the other. It’s about taking that step ahead. Every director would treat a subject in a different manner and I have treated Force 2 in my own style.