Vishal Bhardwaj: Had Abhishek Chaubey refused to direct Dedh Ishqiya, the film would not exist

The maverick director-producer believes in his colleague and says that film belongs to him more than anyone else

For Dedh Ishqiya, Vishal Bhardwaj, who has co-scripted the film, once again teamed up with Ishqiya director Abhishek Chaubey. When asked why didn’t he direct it himself, he said, “I was more tempted to do Maha Kaminey because that film (Kaminey) I had directed. This film I wrote, but it belongs more to Abhishek. Had he refused it, we won’t have made the sequel.”

The maverick director says that success is short-lived and hence, he never felt like pursuing it. Instead, he believes that creative satisfaction remains with one for a longer time. The director of films like Maqbool and Omkara is right now occupied with his forthcoming production venture Dedh Ishiqya, a sequel to his 2010 thriller Ishqiya.

Starring Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit in a never-before seen avatar, the small-town based comedy thriller is coming out Jan 10 and it will also see Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Huma Qureshi in pivotal roles. “I never look for success, I look for creative satisfaction. Success comes and goes but creative satisfaction remains with you. It’s better that I look for that. Box office success means nothing to me,” Bhardwaj, whose last directorial venture was Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, told reporters in a group interview.