Q. You could have started your career early? A. Yes I could have. Ever since I was four years old, I didn't hide the fact that I wanted to become a hero. Farhan had even asked me if I wanted to act and for Dil Chahta Hai he had thought of Hrithik, Abhishek and me. I was just 16 at that time so I didn't take it up. Q. You reduced your weight drastically were you conscious about it? A. Ya, when I weighed 140 kilos and people would ask me what I wanted to do in life, I would say, 'acting' and everyone thought like my dad I wanted to be a comedian and I would tell them I wanted to be the hero. People didn't take me seriously at that time.
Here is another star kid in the making. Sikandar Kher, the son of legendary actors Anupam and Kirron Kher will soon be seen making his debut with his upcoming film Woodstock Villa. In a candid conversation Sikander tells us more about his life and experiences.
You could have started your career early?
Yes I could have. Ever since I was four years old, I didnt hide the fact that I wanted to become a hero. Farhan had even asked me if I wanted to act and for Dil Chahta Hai he had thought of Hrithik, Abhishek and me. I was just 16 at that time so I didnt take it up.
You reduced your weight drastically were you conscious about it?
Ya, when I weighed 140 kilos and people would ask me what I wanted to do in life, I would say, acting and everyone thought like my dad I wanted to be a comedian and I would tell them I wanted to be the hero. People didnt take me seriously at that time.
Does being a son of star parents help in the industry?
Yes, I admit that the advantage for me was that directors readily gave me their time. I didnt have to face doors slamming on my face. However any person would not put his hard earned money at risk. If you are not good at your work, then no matter whose son you are, you are not going to get work. But if you are good, then even if you are nobodys son, you will still get work.
Out of your parents if you had to choose one of them on the acting front who would it be?
I wouldnt do that at all. Dad is at his own place and mom at his own. Both are such versatile actors and there cannot be comparisons not selection between the two.
You have been an assistant director in the past, what was more difficult for you assisting or acting?
I guess assisting a Director or as an AD you have a lot of responsibilities. From an actor to even a small technician you have to handle the whole team. On top of it I was just 14 when I was assisting Yash (Chopra) uncle (Dil To Pagal Hai) and 16 when I worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Devdas and both demand very high standards so it was learning experience.
Did you join your dads workshop to learn acting?
By the time his acting school started, I was initiating work on my film, Woodstock Villa. I did an acting workshop with him apart from this, I also attended an acting workshop with Kishore Namit Kapoor followed by a six month workshop at National School of Drama. The main learning was working as an Assistant Director. I learnt a lot from it.
There were reports that your relation with Abhishek Bachchan went for a toss. Is that true?
It was Aishwarya who introduced me for the first time in front of the media. I guess that answers that question. Abhi is like an elder brother to me.
What projects are you working on?
Right now I am just concentrating on Woodstock Villa. It is a thriller and I play the character of this guy whose weakness is quick money and women. He gets into this sticky situation and has to figure out a way to get out of it. I am very excited about it as it is my debut film. Apart from this I have also finished Summer of 2007 in which I play a medical student. I have some projects in hand but I cannot comment on them at this time.