He has had severe directorial trouble in the past. Now having worked with his favourite director David Dhawan after a gap of five years Vashu Bhagnani feels he has emerged from an ordeal by fire.
"I've gone through hell," Vashi sighs in relief. "The kind of financial and production trouble I've been through would've killed off the the career of any other producer. I'm made of sterner stuff."
Vashu shares the problems he had as producer to Om Jai Jagdish, Vaada and Silsilay. "I lost Rs 10 crores on Om Jai Jagdish. From Bihar I got back only Rs 8 lakhs from that film! ..And then I was saddled with the reputation of being interfering! Even Satish Kaushik accused me of interference during Vaada. `Arrey`, the days of the sleeper producer are gone. Today if I put in so much money I can't sit at home watching `Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi`. I've to be an active part of the filmmaking process. But not to the extent of interfering…If I was guilty of that would David work with me again?"
He cheers up at the mention of Shaadi No.1. "It's turned out wonderfully. And not once did I let David feel I was breathing down his neck. I left everything to him…Except at the editing where I thought the film needed tightening up not because it wasn't looking terrific. But because it could be even better. I suggested we chop off some portions of the film. David immediately agreed. That's how beautifully we worked."