Nishikant Kamat
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Upcoming movie "Madaari" is set to clash with "Kabali," but director Nishikant Kamat is confident that the Rajinikanth-starrer big movie would not affect the box office collection of Irrfan Khan's social-thriller. "Madaari" and "Kabali" are slated to be released on July 22.

In an exclusive interview with International Business Times, India, Nishikant said that a "big movie" like Salman Khan's "Sultan" would have hampered the box office collection of "Madaari" but Rajinikanth's "Kabali" will not affect his film.

Apart from the box office clash, the director spoke about his expectations from "Madaari," Jimmy Shergill being an underrated actor, experience of working with Irrfan Khan again and a lot more. Here are the excerpts from the interview:

International Business Times: After "Mumbai Meri Jaan," now you have worked with Irrfan Khan again in "Madaari." How was the experience?

Kamat: I know him since 20 years and I have done television with him as well. It has always been great working with him. He was always a brilliant actor. He is now getting the right platform.

IBT: Your last movie "Rocky Handsome" could not do much well at the box office. What are your expectations from "Madaari"?

Kamat: Honestly speaking, I have never thought of box office. I have always made films very genuinely. I have tried to put my best in "Madaari" and let's see if people like it or not.

IBT: Jimmy Shergill also plays an important role in "Madaari". He has always been appreciated for his performances. Do you think he is one of the most underrated actors and is yet to get the desired recognition?

Kamat: He is superb. He is a fantastic actor and he has done a very good job in the film (Madaari). I hope he gets his recognition because he is really a very good actor. I don't know why he hasn't got it (recognition) till now. But he should get it and he will because he has consistently been doing good work. It is just a matter of time.

IBT: "Madaari" was supposed to be released on July 15 but was postponed due to "Great Grand Masti" being released on the same date. Now Madaari" will release along with Rajinikanth's "Kabali". Don't you think the delay in its release and clash with Rajinikanth's movie might hit your film's box office performance?

Kamat: I seriously doubt it (Kabali) will affect "Madaari" box office collection. Because it's a Tamil film and ours is a mainstream Hindi film. They are two different films all together. Yes, had it been released with a big film like "Sultan", it would have been affected. "Kabali" is a very big film of course, but it's big in South, I suppose.

IBT: John Abraham-starrer "Dishoom" will hit the screens a week after "Madaari" releases. What do you have to say about it since you share a good rapport with John?

Kamat: I have good rapport with a lot of people. Riteish's "Great Grand Masti" released on 15th and John's film is releasing on 29th; both the actors are very close to me as friends. What can I do? (laughs). But yes, they will not clash, hopefully.

IBT: Tell us something about your upcoming directorial projects.

Kamat: There is nothing till next six months for sure.