Q. Himesh, your song Tandoori Nights in Karzzzz is just about everywhere these days. A. Thank you very much. Initially it looked little odd to me, when people heard the song for the first time but I had this conviction that the song will surely work. There was a time when I was crazy about Tandoori Chicken. I relished it for a long time, but now I have given up completely because I have now turned into a lifelong vegetarian. This song is also appealing to all the restaurants and its being played in lots of clubs too. I am really thankful to Sameer Ji for coming up with such wonderful lyrics.
Himesh Reshammiya talks about Karzzzz, his new look and more with Rajan Singh
Himesh, your song Tandoori Nights in Karzzzz is just about everywhere these days.
Thank you very much. Initially it looked little odd to me, when people heard the song for the first time but I had this conviction that the song will surely work. There was a time when I was crazy about Tandoori Chicken. I relished it for a long time, but now I have given up completely because I have now turned into a lifelong vegetarian. This song is also appealing to all the restaurants and its being played in lots of clubs too. I am really thankful to Sameer Ji for coming up with such wonderful lyrics.
Whose idea was it to remake Karz? Was it yours or Bhushan Kumars or did the idea came from Satish Kaushik?
By the grace of almighty, I was offered many films by directors and producers after the success of Aap ka Suroor. Of all the films that were offered to me it was important for me to choose the films wisely and also the correct films, as I am a very unconventional hero. There was this idea of Karz in me and Bhushan Ji at that time wanted to produce three films with me. Then I bounced the idea of remaking Karz to him and it took just one minute for him to decide that its a fantastic idea. Subhash Ji gave us the rights of the original film and then we approached Satish Kaushik Ji with whom I had worked earlier for the music of Tere Naam. He was all game to direct the remake of Karz. He loved the idea and soon he too was on board and then the casting of the film began. We approached Urmila and she too gave her consent for Kaminis character. Slowly Shweta Kumar, Raj Babbar, Danny, Gulshan Grover all became part of the project.
Were you not afraid of don the role of Monty immortalized by Rishi Kapoor?
Rishi Ji is the best-looking actor of the film industry and I am the worst in terms of looks and acting. I am growing and surely there was this element of apprehension in the beginning but at the same time I also had some faith in myself that if I were to work hard then I might appeal to the audience. And I fail to do it then chances are that they might just boo me. Bhushan Ji and Satish Ji too had the conviction in me and my inner faith pushed me to do work hard. Then Roopa, my sister and my stylist started working on my looks. I am saying this with full honesty and with no modesty that even a bad looking man can be turned good. Even a common man can dream of acting in films. I was happy that the industry supported me in my decision. If you were to have a look of the three reigning superstars currently then they are only successful because they are blessed with good looks. They have great faces and are like born actors. They have a legacy and they belong to such a profession which even their parents were part. I am a music director and a singer who wants to become an actor.
If you feel that you are not blessed with good looks then why did you wanted to become an actor in first place?
You are bang on target. Just to be an actor its not necessary to be good looking, you can even turn on people on the sheer basis of your performance. I had this conviction in me and for the same reason I worked hard and am trying to be presentable to others. After the promos of Karzzzz went on air, I got many messages which complemented me on my looks and thats why when I started working on this film I did not hide my grown up hair looks. The moment Karzzzz began, I exposed it to media so that people get used to it. If I were to show it now, then chances are that few might have got shock. My cap look had given me an identity for almost two years and if I had lived in the same glory then I would have been able to do nothing. I have reinvented myself after every two years and the same applies to my music also. I did everything rock, folk, Sufi and so many other genres of music. About this film, the biggest confidence I had was that I already had the music of this film. I only wanted copyrights of Ek Haseena Thi song and I did not wanted to tamper the original soul of the song. But apart from this hitting the right notes in the department of music is akin to playing on your home ground but for me 17th October is the D-day when the film will finally hit theatres. Lets see what judgment is given to me.
You have become very thin, why this fascination with size zero?
No, ultimately I too will have six pack abs of my own. And no, I wont be competing with Salman and SRK. Jokes apart, its more of a professional demand, you just cant do anything on your own. My parents often commented to me that please dont any thinner beyond this but when you are on screen, you have to be thin. In Pooja Bhatts Kajraare, I am thinner. The judgment would be delivered on 17th October only if my efforts have paid dividends or not, nothing is in my hands. I have done too much of daring in life and now I am prepared for the best and the worst. I dont say this that I love criticism about myself but if you were to see the number of daring steps I have taken in life you would be astounded. Many people told me this that why I became an actor in first place.
Salman had said this once that Himesh should quit acting?
I am sure that whatever Salman Bhai had said about me was all in a jest and was kidding. Whenever he meets me personally he always encourages me. If you were to see those visuals carefully then you will get to realize that he is kidding about everything. My only duty is to work and whether I am accepted or not is entirely in Gods hands. There is definitely an expectation from Karzzzz. People are appreciating the dialogues of Ravi Varma. The music of the film has clicked so definitely a buzz is there. But despite everything 10 per cent people still feel that why i became an actor? I have to keep winning, why should I accept defeat.
You have signed around film five six films and judging by the genre of the films they are, it appears that they all carry this commercial touch. Is it a conscious effort that you are playing safe from a box office perspective?
I want to do real cinema too later on. I want to achieve this in my eighth or ninth film. If you are doing a film of bigger scale then you have to make sure that the subject carries a universal flavour. If this universal flavour part is not there then it might just not be able to recover it price and it might mean a losing proposition to the producer. Karzzzz is film of larger scale and carries a universal appeal and thats why there are plans to bring out many prints of this film. Such films have their own business model and such films have a grand look and a grand scale, which involves shooting abroad and other such stuff. Such films may even flop but largely they are safe bets. My next few films are commercial films but I would love to do few realistic films in future. I have a very intense role in Kajraare but again its a commercial film.
Tell us a bit about your forthcoming film Hey Gujju and Mud Mud Ke Naa Dekh?
Its for the first time that I am playing a Gujarati character in a film and that too, a double role. Its a laugh riot and Satish Kaushik Ji is directing the film. The name of the character is Karsan Lal Tirkam Lal Gandhi and the other one is Aakash Patel. The character of Gandhi lives in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi. The film has this element of comedy or errors in it. Model Shruti Agarwal too is there in the film, who comes to India from abroad and then falls in love with Karsan Lal. The film is a pure comedy. Mud Mud Ke Naa Dekh is a very conventional love triangle. Its been shot very well with lavish sets and other stuff. Its got many schedules of outdoor shooting. Its a high concept film and resembles like Yash Raj films.
How was the whole experience when you shot with Urmila for Karzzzz for the first time? Were you nervous?
I was not nervous because I had earlier worked with Urmila in Banaras as a music director. She is a fantastic actress. I was determined from the beginning only that I have come here to learn something. Acting is a new field for me. Urmila is a perfectionist actress and there was just no nervousness acting with her. I still remember that when I shot with her for the first time it was a very intense scene. I encountered no problem at all.
You have too much of faith in astrology.
I personally believe that astrologers are like angels of God. They keep guiding me and most of their predictions in my case have turned out to be true. But astrologers are not God. They are like doctors who keep guiding you about what to do and what not to do. Usually I listen to them and 80 per cent of their predictions have true. It was they, only who suggested three extra Z in Karzzzz. They also advised me to release the film on 17th October as for them it was an auspicious day. If they can guide me there should be no issue in following their path.
Lastly if the film were to bomb at the box office, what will happen to your other films?
Anything might happen with the fate of a film. But I know this for sure that there is always scope for improvement. Even films of superstars have bombed badly but they always come with their next film. Chances are that it might flop again but then they also come up with hits. Whether a film is a hit or a flop is only decided by the audience. But as far as this film is concerned the film has been sold at a good price and even the music has caught on among the masses. If the picture were to flop then it increases the burden on your shoulder for the next film. Then it becomes essential to prove yourself.
Thanks a ton.