Shetty was not only the biggest most in-demand stunt director of the 1970s and 80s, but he was also famous for his villainous roles which he performed in tandem with his behind-the-camera job as an action director.
In a film that Rohit Shetty will direct in the second-half of 2010 with Ajay Devgn in the lead, the two men pay homage to their fist-friendly fathers who specialized in action sequences.
Says Rohit Shetty, "Isn't it only natural that Ajay and I get together for an action film? Action and stunts are in our genes. Ajay began his career with an action flick Phool Aur Kaante. In fact in Golmaal 2 I had replicated the scene of Ajay perched between two speeding motorbikes, his entrance scene in Phool Aur Kaante. During that film I was an assistant and that's where our friendship started."
The most interesting part of this action flick would be that all the action sequences and stunts would be directed by Rohit Shetty, with huge inputs from Ajay.
Says the director, "Yes me and my team will be directing the action. I believe the director knows best how the action scenes will carry the story forward. And I don't want the action scenes to be like items. They'll be carrying the story forward. By the way even my songs look aggressive enough to be considered action scenes."
Rohit says the stunts that Devgn will perform in this action film will be unlike anything seen before.
Says Rohit, "Like I said action is in my blood. I started my career in direction with an action film Zameen, and then did comedies. But you can't keep the Shetty out of me." This action film will be dedicated to Ajay and Rohit's fathers.