Shruti promoting her movie Luck [more photos]
Shruti, let me start this interview by saying that in your very first film, Luck you have worn a bikini, which can easily be termed as a bold thing for a newcomer.
Well, I have said this earlier too that if you were to venture near a swimming pool then you can′t go there attired in a pant or a shirt. The only reaction which people will come out with would be that he or she is a mad person to do so. But it′s a swimming pool and bikini is perfect attire for it. I really don′t know that why people are making hue and cry about it. But yes, one thing is sure I won′t venture out on a road in afternoon wearing the same outfit.
Are you ready for on screen kissing in your forthcoming films?
It depends entirely upon the situation. Kissing is same as wearing a bikini; it′s a part of your life. It′s entirely upon your perception and such things should not be negatively focused.
If you were to choose between Salman and Aamir, whom would you prefer to work in a film?
Well, I would prefer working with all the Khans of the film industry. I would be truly honored if I were to work with all three of them. So at this stage I would be greedy and would tell you that I would like to work with all three of them. All the three Khans in one film and myself between them, this too would do.
Shruti, who is your favourite actor from the current lot?
I think there are so many talented actors in the film industry right now. They bring with them so many qualities with all their characters. There are so many varieties of films being made right now and I personally feel that it′s all about how they stand out in that film. I have seen so many actors who do different work in their films. I would like to work with all of them.
Now one thing, which many will agree to, is that Imran in known for his naughty behaviour on the sets, did he bother you on the sets of Luck?
No, not at all. He takes his job very seriously whenever he is on the sets of any film.
Do you believe in luck?
No, not really. I don′t believe in luck. I don′t believe in luck on a day-to-day basis. I only consider myself lucky in the sense that I had a lovely childhood and my parents turned out to be my friends. If you were to think on such lines then yes, I am lucky.
Please tell us about the dangerous games you play in the film?
It′s basically a really interesting situation and it′s a great concept in terms of a film. There is this bunch of these people who are totally strangers and they are put into a situation where they have their lives at stake and they depend solely on their luck to get out of it. The film has so many diverse characters that don′t really connect with each other and their luck is the only common factor that binds them together.
Were you scared of sharks and underwater sequence in the film?
If it were unsafe then I would have not done it in first place. It was fully safe and the daring stunt sequence did not stop me from being a chicken. There is also a sequence in the film where I am tied to a moving train, it was actually fun. It was really, really hot when we were shooting that sequence.
Lastly, is it true that Imran Khan actually requested you to be a part of this film?
Yes, Imran was kind enough to suggest my name to the producer and give me an opportunity to have a look at the script. He felt that the character would be interesting for me, after that Soham came down and explained the whole thing to me. Then I thought that it would really be interesting.
Thanks a lot.
Imran Khan on Luck
Imran & Shruti promoting Luck [more photos]
Imran, please tell us about the whole shooting experience with Luck?
Look when we were shooting for such a big budgeted action film then everyday on the set we were getting opportunity to do some new stunts or the other. Definitely the whole shooting experience was more like an adventure for me. It was similar to reality shows, which come on television where the participants keep doing stunts on a regular basis. I only thought that I have been given an opportunity to be a part of such a show.
Imran, are there any actresses in the film industry you would prefer to work with?
I am about to start a film with Sonam. I really liked her work in both the films - Saawariya and Delhi 6. I am really fond of her work, so I would prefer working with her more. My favourite actress is Kareena Kapoor, and if I were to get an opportunity to work with her then I will really feel happy.
Is there any intriguing thing in Kareena Kapoor?
I personally feel that her repertoire of work is very good and she is a very talented actress. Since the time she began her career and till the present time one can really see signs of maturity and growth in her as an actress. From technical point of view I love her work. Whenever a person transforms into a star then besides the acting he or she also has some X factor. And Kareena has that X factor element which makes her a star. I won′t say this that I am her biggest fan but yes she is certainly my favourite actress. I am pretty sure that there must be many hard-core fans of her. I don′t have her image as the wallpaper of my mobile phone but I will surely say this that she my favourite actress from the film fraternity currently.
Do you consider yourself lucky?
Is it the film Luck you mean? I think I have a lot of faith in the film. Well, I am not a person who believes in luck or destiny or things like that. I tend to believe that we make our own destiny, we make our lives the way we want them to be. I personally feel that life till now has been good to me. I am very happy with my life and I have gained so much from it. I have a great family, good set of friends and I am earning well; so keeping these things in mind, I would consider myself lucky.
Please tell us a bit about the dangerous game you play in the film along with your co-stars?
Yes, the game, which you will get to see in the film, is very dangerous. The film is set in the world of illegal gambling. The characters in the film are playing with their lives. And it′s really the highest of all the stakes. The money involved is very high and if you lose the game then you tend to lose your life. The film has many characters and all are lucky in some way or the other but the film actually deals with the fact that who is the luckiest of them all.
The film has so many stars but talking especially about Sanjay Dutt and Danny, how was the whole experience of working with them?
Yes, it was great fun working with all the stars. It was my second film with Sanjay Dutt and the second time it was a lot easier for me. I think while shooting for Kidnap, I was little intimidated by him. I used to get nervous before all my scenes with him. I used to wonder, Oh my God what will I do next, will the scene turn out to be okay or not. But the second time around it was lot more comfortable. This time I was lot more confident and it was very easy and nice working with him. As far as Danny is concerned, he is my favourite co-star in the film. He is a very talented actor and I really liked his work in Agnipath. I have always liked him and when I met him in person then I realized that he is a very dedicated actor. He was my favourite co-star on the sets of Luck.
There was also this news that during your shooting stint in South Africa, you enjoyed cooking food along with Mithun Da on the sets?
Actually I did not cook any food; it was Mithun Da who cooked. I was only busy eating the food that he cooked. He would cook food every night actually and the only reason for his cooking habit was that he was not satisfied with the unit food. He would come home every evening and would sit in the kitchen for about three hours, busy cooking food for the whole unit.
How was the experience of working with Shruti in the film?
Though Shruti is making her debut with this film but we both know each other for a long time. I think I know her since the time I was a kid of 12 years. So when two good friends are working for a film together then you automatically tend to develop a comfort level with each other. In such a case, work really becomes easy and it′s great fun working in the company of friends.
Did you try giving any acting tips to Shruti?
Well I tried giving her tips but she took none of those.
Talking about the film, it also has some dangerous stunts with sharks and in water, how did you manage to do them successfully?
Yes, there is lots of stunts and lots of big action in the film. The thing about stunts in films is that we always try to make it look very thrilling and very dangerous, but for record let me spell this out that they all are very carefully planned. There is this famous saying that stunt hosh mein karte, hai josh mein nahi which means that all the stunts for a film are carefully planned out and all safety precautions are taken care of. Every time we hear that someone did a stunt without harness is never true, we always wear harnesses.
So you actually mean to say that you were not scared of doing the stunts?
Not really. I had a lot of faith in the stunt team who executed the stunts. The action director is always fully equipped. They are always shot in a more dangerous way then they actually are so the bottom line is that they all were quite safe.
You also burnt your eyelashes for one of the action sequences.
An explosion went off and it kind of burnt my eyelashes. It was no big deal. There was no any permanent damage as such but whenever an actor gets injured then the producers panic a lot. I do understand their point of view but actually it′s no big deal.
Finally please share with us one experience that you feel was memorable for you?
Well, I think the chance to get to do all these stunts was a memorable experience in itself. The film really is like one big adventure sports film. Every sequence which we shot; be it the sky diving sequence or the shark sequence or running atop the train was almost similar to being a part of a reality show where you get to perform all these tasks.
Thanks a lot.