News|September 28, 2011 2:22 pm

Observing dad on the sets helped a lot – Rohit Dhawan

Rohit Dhawan says his filmmaker father David Dhawan never taught him nuances of filmmaking, and he learnt the art by observing him on the sets.

Watching him (David Dhawan) on sets, and the years I spent assisting him, I’d say was the biggest learning process for me. Otherwise, he is a man of few words. He’s not very communicative, but observing him on the sets helped me

Rohit, who is gearing up for his debut directorial venture ‘Desi Boyz’, starring Akshay Kumar and John Abraham in the lead, describes his first project as entertaining

The film is entertaining but it’s not only a comedy, it has a lot of drama in it. It’s a healthy blend between drama and humour, and more so it has all those masala Hindi film ingredients – strong romantic tracks, a pretty strong amount of emotions, etc., so the film does change gears. It’s not a one-track genre film

He also specified that the humour in his film is different from what his father’s. David Dhawan has given hit comedies like ‘Jodi. 1’, ‘Coolie No. 1’, ‘Biwi No. 1’ and ‘Partner’

What dad does and the humour that we are subjected to in India is very hard to do, I completely stayed away from that. Humour in my film is subtle. It’s a believable setup. The humour isn’t larger than life

Rohit’s film, which also stars Deepika Padukone and Chitrangda Singh, in the female leads, will come out Nov 25.
Rohit is from a film background, but he says film connection doesn’t alone guarantee a star’s nod for the project.

Usually, an outsider feels that if you have someone in the industry, it’s easy to break in. The advantage is getting an appointment for a narration with an actor. You call an actor and he will listen to you because you are coming from a certain background. He will entertain you, but eventually it boils down to the material that you have.