Rajan Singh caught Salman Khan in candid mood, on the eve of the release of Yuvraaj
It might happen, no one can be sure. He can eventually take Darsheel Safari as hero who was there in Aamirs film Taare Zameen Par. After the film he would say, "I am a bad kid" (laughs).
Ok, did anyone ever tell you that the name you have in Yuvvraaj suits you very much.
No one has seen the film as yet. But I personally think that Salman Khan is better than Deven Yuvvraaj.
Yuvvraaj Musical Success
Finally you got an opportunity to work with Subhash Ghai after so many years, how does it feels?
I still remember i was busy shooting for Maine Pyar Kiya and the schedule was happening at Ooty. During that schedule Subhash Ghai had called Sooraj Barjatya and it seemed to me that he is trying to dig out some information about me as to how am I or whether I can act or not and stuff like that. Subhash-ji also requested him to show him the rushes of the film. At that time there were no mobile phones and the phone got disconnected. I kept asking Sooraj as to why had he called? He replied by telling me that he is not much aware of things and he would again be calling after three or four days. Later on it was revealed to me that he had actually called for the title rights of Saudagar as the original rights to the title of the film were with Rajshri Films. Then I assumed that he wanted me to sign for Saudagar. Its great that I finally managed to work with him for Yuvvraaj.
One thing is clearly visible that you are going all out for the promotion of the film. You are just visible everywhere.
On a serious note I dont believe in the fact that if you are promoting a film then it will be a hit for sure. Now its become a trend that everyone has started following. I too come under severe pressure from producers and directors to promote their films. For Yuvvraaj, the director, producer, scriptwriter, editor, dialogue writer is the same person only. It was told to me by Subhash Ghai that he is coming up with a big film after long time and so it has to be promoted. Actually what happens that when the promotion of the film is on then in the initial four or five interviews the essence and the excitement of the film comes out and later on in subsequent interviews its the same thing being repeated over and over again. And finally the whole excitement goes for a toss. The excitement is just not visible in later interviews and thats the precise reason that I back out after having given four or five interviews. Today the audience has become very smart and from the promos only they are able to make out if they would be seeing the film or not. When we see the promos then we generally say that wow what an action scene or what a promo and then later on when we see the film then we realize that all the best shots and sequences of the film was there in the promo only. They can very well judge the content of the film and then they dont even go and bother to see the film. The publicity of the film should be good, the look of the film should be good, people should know the release date - if these things are in place then people will automatically go and see the film. I may be wrong also.
You must also be tired by now because of excessive promotional activity of the film.
Yes and especially when there is a marriage at home, the tiredness is all the more. My cousin got married few days back.
Tell us a bit about the plot of the film?
Its a strange situation; if I were to reveal the plot of the film then it would amount to revealing everything. People will lose interest. But the story is about three brothers - one of them is good, the other one is bad and the youngest brother is evil. I play a character who is frustrated and is short tempered and is in dire need of money. All the brothers have grown up without their parents and they were unfortunate not to receive their parents love. His father disbanded my character from home at the age of 11 and his fathers love was focussed on his eldest son who is Gyanesh Yuvvraaj in the film played by Anil Kapoor. Finally its a confrontation among the three brothers on the issue of money. But the most interesting thing being that this whole drama has been treated with an undercurrent of humour and the larger backdrop of the film is music. Katrina Kaif plays a cello player in the film and I am part of the chorus of the same orchestra. Now this too is a different frustration that despite being so talented that single break still eludes him. Katrina is the daughter of a very rich doctor and her father is hell bent upon getting her married to some rich family. My character knows this pretty well that if he were to marry Katrina and even if he were to get one third of the property rest of the life will become cool for him. But amidst all these there is a positive motive.
Both you and Anil have two brothers each in real life and in the film two its the same situation; was the role a cakewalk from you?
The off-screen chemistry between three of us is brilliant and outstanding. Whenever a film is made based on the theme of brothers then its essential that the characters feel brothers towards each other. If there is any frustration or jealousy or whether the other character has more lines than me in the film then things dont work, which does happens in the industry. But for this film we all were very chilled out. We used to go for dinners together and then to gym. Even when we were shooting at Karjat and Whistling Woods then too we shared the same chemistry.
Is Salman Khan scared of anything in life?
I am not scared of career or money. But these days I have developed a very comical fear; I am travelling in a plane and suddenly it crashes down. Next, the plane is floating in waters and then I am trying to break open the door to get out of the plane and in the last moment the door opens all of a sudden. Then I start swimming in the water and a shark catches hold of my foot, which later in the event of not finding it tasty discards it off. Then I am suddenly transported to an island, which has got just nothing. I woke up all of a sudden when I dreamt of this. On a more serious note everyone harbour some fear or the other and most of them mainly talk about money or career related fears. But for me the biggest fear is of losing my near and dear ones, my friends and my family members. To ward off such fear you have to keep giving that much.
Do you ever cry?
When its time to cry then I cry in front of everyone. If a person cries then it does not mean that he or she is a weak person.
Salman, time and again whenever you do anything and even if its something positive, you are attacked by so many people but despite everything your stardom and fan following remains intact. What do you think is the reason for this?
There is no explanation about this and neither do I have any justification for this. There is always a power above you and thats a superior power. You can name it as anything.
You never work with big directors, why?
Actually no one is ready to work with me. The advantage that lies with me is that I happen to be the son of a scriptwriter and I think that my father is one of the most brilliant scriptwriters of this country. I have inherited those genes in me. Whenever I listen to a script then i get to realize that this film will work and this wont at the box office.
Ok, do you harbour any desire to work with the big directors of the industry?
If I am working with David Dhawan for a film then I will never listen or enquire about the script. We both are like-minded people and with gradual improvisation the film one day gets made. On the contrary if I am working with Sooraj Barjatiya or Sanjay Leela Bhansali then I will listen to the whole narration and thats only because I want to know that what they have thought out and what exactly do they want to make.
Did you get to see Aamirs body in Ghajini and did you speak to him about this?
I was in London at that time when the images of Ghajini were revealed for the first time. He called up and asked me if I have received the images or not. Then I called him and told that the images are very good, it was then that he told me to look for the second image and when I looked at it, all I could say was – ‘Baap re baap. He was just fantastic.
Whose body is better - yours or Aamirs?
It would be unfair to choose any of the two. Aamir was never into it while I was always into it. But if you are talking about right now then its surely Aamir, but four days from now, mine will be better.
Thank you so much.