Q. Imran, tell me...why have you grown your hair on cheeks? A. This is basically preparation for my next film Delhi Belly. I am supposed to grow my hair too apart from my beard. I am supposed to look pretty stuffy for the role. I cant tell you how irritating it is to me. Its very itchy and prickly. Q. But despite your unkempt look, you are driving all the women mad. A. Yes I myself have been noticing this. But its a little bit odd for me to see such things.
On the eve of his film Kidnaps release, Imran Khan talks on his upcoming movies, to Rajan Singh
Imran, tell me...why have you grown your hair on cheeks?
This is basically preparation for my next film Delhi Belly. I am supposed to grow my hair too apart from my beard. I am supposed to look pretty stuffy for the role. I cant tell you how irritating it is to me. Its very itchy and prickly.
But despite your unkempt look, you are driving all the women mad.
Yes I myself have been noticing this. But its a little bit odd for me to see such things.
Ok, what was the nicest thing any of your female fans had told you?
I think the nicest thing was a compliment that I received after Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa. Someone had remarked that its so real, just like my life, exactly like my life.
Imran Khan in Kidnap
I was looking for a different answer anyways Imran, how difficult was it to transform yourself from a good guy in JTYJN to a bad guy in Kidnap?
Yes, it was very difficult. JTYJN was lot easier for me as a character. The role I play in Kidnap is nothing like me. I did not have any common ground; I did not have any similarity, to really link myself to. So essentially what you have to do is to build the character from the ground level. You start form the bottom and then slowly and slowly get up there. It was really tough and really without Sanjay Gadhvi, the director of the film, I would not have the ability to pull it off.
We have also heard that your first scene with Sanju involved you pointing a gun at him.
Yes, it was like not pretend to shoot him. I had to stick a gun on to his face and then talk to him. I really got nervous and neither could I utter my lines nor could I hold the gun steady. It was my first day of shooting and it was also the first scene of that film that was assigned to me. I was instructed by my director to pull out the gun on to Sanjus head and just go ahead with the lines. I cant tell what dialogue was that because in that case I will give away the plot of the film. Every single line is important in a thriller film.
Sanjay Dutt is the richest Indian, why do you kidnap his daughter?
I want all his money.
I thought there was some love angle involved.
Everyone thinks on the same tangent. Ok, fine. The money part is a lie. Its not love again either. The real reason is got to do a lot with Sanjay Dutt than its with Minissha Lamba.
You also took fitness tips from Sanju.
In fact I was working out in his gym. I used to work out in another gym and even had a membership for that gym. While we were shooting for the film he informed me that he has a great gym at home and I was welcome to work out with him. When the shooting for the film was on, I was training in his gym only.
Minissha is looking super hot in the film with all those colourful costumes.
Its just great and I am completely in favour of such clothes. Everyone should do it. But apart from this nobody realises the effort she underwent to do all this. She would eat horrible boiled things and she used to go for workouts at four in morning after she was done with her shooting. From time to time we would have fights on the sets as part of the scene. She also kicked me in my groin area few times. And yeah she put me in my place basically.
A film like Kidnap is releasing on Gandhi Jis birthday. Dont you think its ironical?
I am very ashamed. I am really very ashamed of myself. I will surely have a word with the producer about this Ashtvinayak guys, this is not done and this is just not fair.
Ok, what were Aamirs initial reactions when you signed this film?
I dont know what he thought when I signed this film. I dont really discuss things with him. I only told him that I am meeting Sanjay Gadhvi who is one of the top directors of this country. I told him the film has also got Sanjay Dutt in it. He then told me that it sounds cool. He then asked me if I liked the script, I said yes and then he said thats ok, go for it.
Ok, was your Mamu apprehensive of you doing a negative character immediately after JTYJN?
Do you think Aamir Khan is a sort of guy who is scared of breaking tradition? He hardly has any time. Do you have any idea how busy he is? I get to see him once in a while. I think his career gets special preference over those of mine.
How did you react when you heard that TZP would be Indias official entry to the Oscars?
I knew about it judging by the track record of Aamir Khan Productions. The first production was Lagaan that went till the top five categories and now its TZP, which is Indias official entry to the Oscars. No other producer has this track record and nobody could do it except for him.
Ok, TZP made lot many people cry; when did you cry in the film?
I cried at the exact same time when everyone else in the country cried. And it was during the Maa song. Every single person in the theatre was crying during that song and I was one of them.
Ok, how will you rate TZP chances at the Oscars?
I dont really know what the other films in the competition are that are in the running. Its really hard to predict anything about the competition.
If you were to kidnap any one person from non-Bollywood background, who would that person be?
I have not seen my girlfriend for a while. I am so busy with the promotion of the film. Really I have not seen her for days. I have been busy with the promotion of Kidnap from morning till evening. At night I would like to take her out for dinner. I would like to kidnap my girlfriend and spend some quality time with her.
Ok, would you prefer anyone to kidnap you and then take you to a deserted island?
It would be my girlfriend again. I dont get to see her. I have not seen her for a long time.
One actor you would kidnap and convince him to work with you?
I think its a fairly known fact that my second favourite actor is Hrithik Roshan, the first one of course being Aamir Khan. So the choice is between either of them and more than their work I would like to pick something from their brain and then understand a little bit about how they go about their work.
How about any director, you would love to kidnap?
Many times people have asked me about the directors I would like to work with. I tend to be drawn to the newer crop of directors, those who are busy making their first or second film. Sanjay Gadhvi is the most experienced director i have worked with. Abbas Tyrewala was a first time director. Abhinay Deo who is directing my third film Delhi Belly too is a first time director. Soham who is busy directing another film of mine called Luck is a second time director. I basically get attracted to guys with promising scripts and a great future. I always look forward to working with such people.
How about any actress you would like to kidnap?
I would kidnap Minissha Lamba and take revenge from her for how much she had troubled me during the making of the film. There is a gross misunderstanding among people - she is not the victim, its me who is the victim. She made my life miserable on the sets. As a kidnapper I would kidnap her and do things right this time. I would torture her.
Lastly tell us that why this film should be paisa vasool?
Actually its really for the masses to decide if the film is paisa vasool or not. I dont like to sell a film that way. The way to sell a film is to promote it and let people know what the film is all about. Hopefully they like the promo enough to go and watch the film for themselves.
Thanks a ton.