'We had decided that if the audience liked Stree, then after two or three years we would plan a sequel.'
'Because of the kind of reaction we received for the film we have already started work on it.'
How does a film with a budget of Rs 24 crores (Rs 240 million) earn Rs 175 crores (Rs 1.75 billion) and counting?
In an era where movies are yanked out of theatres quicker than Trump's tweets are refuted by the White House, Stree, which released on August 31, is still going strong in movie halls more than six weeks later.
Director Amar Kaushik, humble and down to earth, confesses, "We didn't know it would do so well and connect with the audience so much."
"12 years after I came to Mumbai I have delivered my first baby," Amar tells Rediff.com's Patcy N.
Congratulations! Did you think Stree would be such a big success?
Our motive was to make a good film. We wanted people to connect with the film.
The scripting was good, the shoot was one level up, the editing made it better. So when the film was almost ready, we knew that whatever we have invested in the film that much we will reap.
The film looked entertaining, but we did not know it would do so well and connect with the audience so much. People unanimously loved it.
People from the industry loved it a lot. Nitesh Tiwari (who directed Dangal) told me, 'When I go for screenings I don't meet the director and sneak out quietly if I don't like the film. But I have waited to meet you because I wanted to tell you I really loved the film.'
Anil Kapoor told me he liked the film. There were lots of tweets about the film. Rahul Dholakia (who directed Raees) tweeted that there should be a special award for Stree.
People all over have liked it and its viewership increased by word of mouth.