News|July 10, 2012 10:57 am

The Singham sequel is not a copy: Rohit Shetty

Encouraged by the weekend collections of their latest comic caper Bol Bachchan, one hears that Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty (who are now seen as being joined at the hip) are expected to advance the date of Singham 2. Asked if there was any truth to this trade talk, Devgn says, “Singham 2 was always there.”

However, the actor refuses to commit to a date on when the sequel will roll. “Where’s the hurry?” he asks. “Let Rohit, Abhishek Bachchan and me savour our BB success. Besides, Rohit and I have other commitments to finish before we get into S2.”

Rohit is slightly more forthcoming. Says he, “When people asked me if there’s friction between Ajay and me because he is doing Himmatwala next and I’m doing Chennai Express, I always suppressed a smile. In my heart, I always knew we’d do Singham 2 after finishing Chennai Express.”

Rohit also adds, “One of the reasons I was keen on a Singham sequel is because this film got Ajay and me tremendous respect from the cops and the janta. It has been playing on a certain television channel since August 2011 for 35-40 consecutive weeks.

I think that is a record by itself. It also garnered the highest TRPs when it premiered on the same channel a year ago.

But Rohit is a practical guy. He is sure that the sequel is not being done to massage either his or Ajay’s ego. Says he, “It’s not some ego trip for us. We found a fresh story for the sequel and that is why we started talking about Part 2. Singham was a remake, but our sequel is not a copy.”

The director says he cannot reveal anything more because the script needs at least five months to be completed. One hears from sources at Rohit’s office that an elderly lady walked several miles to Rohit’s office just to see what the Singham director looked like. Ask him if this information is correct and Rohit acts coy.

“It is true,” he admits hestitantly.

I was moved when this old lady walked miles to come to my office.

She gave me a hug and said,

I have seen Singham several times in the theatre and later on television. I like the film immensely and was curious to meet the guy who has made it. God bless you’.