This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The monstrously-prolific Priyadarshan finally feels he has been biting off more than he could chew. He's been making way too many films per year to be true to his artistry.
Cut to the quick by the ghastly response to his latest film Kamaal Dhamaal Malaamal, Priyadarshan has for now vanished from civilization. When one tried to get in touch with the director he was nowhere to be found. His phones were switched off and his associates and assistants had no information on his whereabouts.
Slightly worried one finally tracked Priyadarshan down to a remote forest in Kerala where he is now undergoing Ayurvedic healing. Barely able to communicate on the phone line one managed to have a rather startling conversation with Priyan where he conveyed his displeasure with his own filmmaking methods.
"My latest film Kamaal Dhamaal Malaamal was a mistake. And I blame only myself for it. When I had seen the final product I was very unhappy with it. This has never happened before. Earlier others may have been unhappy with what I've made. I don't give a damn what people think of my films, as long as I'm happy with what I've done. This was the first time I felt dissatisfied with my film."
Priyan blames only himself for the debacle. "It is entirely my fault. I had a terrific producer Shailendra Singh and he let me do what I want. So the blame is entirely mine. In hindsight I feel Kamaal Dhamaal Malaamal should've never been made. It worked in Malayalam. But it didn't have the potential to be remade. The Malayali actor Dileep could carry the original. Shreyas Talpade for all his talent, couldn't carry the film. Like I said I blame no one except myself."
Priyan has now taken a longish sabbatical in the forests of Kerala for some soul-searching. "I just want to think, revaluate my priorities. I feel I've made enough films. Now I want to concentrate on quality. I feel my next Hindi release Rangrezz is a step in the healing process. It's turned out well. Besides Jackie Bhagnani, the film has some really talented newcomers."
Rangrezz would be Priyan's last Hindi film for a while. "When I get back to filmmaking it would be for a Malayalam film with Mohanlal. I want to get back to my roots. As for Hindi films I am committed to do a project each with Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar. But until I am satisfied with the script I am not getting back to Bollywood. I don't want Kamaal Dhamaal Malaamal happening ever again."