I never desired to work with a star: Nagesh Kukunoor

Mumbai: Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, whose latest release `Lakshmi` opened to rave reviews, says he never desired to work with a star primarily because it`s a tedious process considering the date issues.

Except for working with John Abraham in `Aashayein` (2010) and Akshay Kumar in `8x10 Tasveer` (2009) Nagesh has never worked with big stars. Commercially, both the films did not do well at the box office.

"I don`t have material that can appeal to a star. But even if I get that (idea or story) to put together a project with a star it is a longish process and I am someone who never has that kind of patience or persistence," Kukunoor said.

"In my case, when I decided to work with Akshay it just happened it`s not like I worked my way to work with Akshay. I made seven films without a star before I actually did one with so it is actually never been my desire to work with a star," he said.
But the filmmaker did express his interest in making a masala films.

"I want to make a masala movie but it doesn`t mean it will happen quickly. So, if I say I want to make a masala film I may at the most be able to stretch it to what a Hrishikesh Mukherjee did, that you have commercial elements with his touch," Kukunoor said.

Ask him if he does enjoy watching masala films like `Rowdy Rathore`, `Dabangg`, Kukunoor said, "`Dabanng` was in my top three films of that year. I grew up on a lot of these dishoom dishoom movies. It (`Dabangg`) had a wonderful story structure. If commercial cinema is told like this, I absolutely love it."
Kukunoor`s `Lakshmi`, starring singer-turned actress Monali Thakur in the lead, released last week on March 21.