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Producer's job is a thankless one: Arjun Rampal

Uma Ramasubramanian
18 January 2013

Mumbai, Jan 18 (IANS) A producer's job is a thankless one with benefits shared by the actor and the director and no kudos for the person behind that good film, says actor Arjun Rampal, who produced the not-so-successful "I See You" in 2006 and is clearly in no hurry to get back to it.

He hasn't quite ruled out production and still hopes to make ambitious films, but some time in the future.

"A producer's job is a thankless job. He works really hard and finally, when the film works, the benefits are shared by the actor and the director and nobody really praises the producer," Arjun told IANS.

"When a film doesn't work, actors take their money, directors take their money and producers can't do anything. So it is really a thankless job. But the irony is the most important person behind any film is the producer. If a producer doesn't back your vision, then you can never make a film," he added.

The 41-year-old, who is busy making a mark as an actor, says he is proud of "I See You" that was directed by Vivek Agrawal. And he still gets calls asking him to be a producer.

"I am a good producer, but as I said, the job is very thankless," the National Award winner said, adding that people who had worked with him kept calling to ask him to produce a film. He added that he "looked after everybody very well" when he was a producer.

"I want to make ambitious films and I need time to work on them. Right now I am doing many films and then there is Lap (his nightclub in Delhi). I knew I would not be giving my 100 percent and until I don't have that time, I will not be able to do it," he said.

Ever since "Rock On!!" when he walked away with the prestigious National Award, Arjun's acting career has taken an interesting turn with complex roles in films like "Raajneeti" and "Chakravyuh".

His next is the Sudhir Mishra-directed "Inkaar" about office politics and sexual harassment at the workplace. He will be seen battling it out with Chitrangada Singh in the film, which releases with a U-A certificate Friday.

Though his two daughters are too young to watch the film, he says he would definitely discuss the issue with them when they reach the right age.

"My kids are a bit young to watch it. One is 10-year-old and the other one is 7-year-old. I think any child, who is above the age of 13, should be allowed to watch the film under their parent's supervision because the film discusses a very important topic in today's time which is sexual harassment," said the actor.

"As a father and as a parent of two daughters, I would like to say that when my daughters will reach the age of 13 or 15, I would like to discuss with them what is this sexual harassment and that they should take a stand and not get bogged down. That's how you make your women stronger that's how you put some fear into the man who is going to do it," he added.

(Uma Ramasubramanian can be contacted at uma.sagit@gmail.com)

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