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    One wedding and three films coming up for Fardeen

    [Interview by Subhash K. Jha]
    Monday, September 12, 2005
    Actor Fardeen Khan, who has three film releases and his own wedding to look forward to this year, is understandably "very excited".

    "I am very excited. I have three releases this year. At the end of the year I get married. It''s an eventful year," Fardeen told IANS in an exclusive interview.

    About his impending nuptials with Natasha Madhvani, daughter of yesteryears'' star Mumtaz, he said: "I''m completely ready for it. I intend to be open-minded and reasonable about marriage."

    Fardeen is also thrilled with his role in "New Entry".

    "I play a comic character for the first time. I''m there in the film only to make people laugh. I was fortunate to have a terrific cast, a great producer (Boney Kapoor) and a fantastic director who''s also a very capable writer."

    Here are some excerpts:

    How's your life and career looking to you?

    I'm very excited. I have three releases this year. All seem very different from one another. "No Entry" and "Shaadi No 1" are both hysterically funny but different from each other. "Ek Khiladi, Ek Hasina" attempts something never done in our cinema. At the end of the year I get married. It's an eventful year.

    Congrats, I believe you'll have the most gorgeous mother-in-law in the world.

    Thanks you. I'll pass that on to the lady. I'm sure she'll be delighted to hear it.

    Your sudden engagement to Mumtaz's daughter surprised many.

    I don't see why. We've known each other for many years. Our families have known each other forever. Her mom and my dad did a lot of films together, including his first home production "Apradh".

    Is it an arranged love match?

    Not at all. It's absolutely a matter between two consenting adults, nothing arranged about it. We're getting married in December. Then of course she moves to Mumbai to be with me.

    And then your life will finally have some stability?

    My life was never unstable. But, yeah, marriage is a responsibility. It's happening when it was bound to happen. It's a new chapter in my life... or may be a 'chapter' makes it sound like it has an end, which I won't allow it to have. I'd never like it end. So let's just say it's a new phase of my life.

    Does the thought of marriage scare you?

    Not really. I'm completely ready for it. Like everything in life, it would require a lot of give and take. I intend to be open-minded and reasonable about marriage.

    In your new comedy "New Entry", you seem to be going into a totally alien territory.

    Yes, physical comedy is something I had never attempted before. I play a comic character for the first time. I'm there in the film only to make people laugh. I was fortunate to have a terrific cast, a great producer and a fantastic director who's also a very capable writer. That helped in covering new territory.

    How was your rapport with the other actors?

    Oh, absolutely fine. I've never been a part of such a vast star cast. But who's in a film or not isn't important. I took up this project because everything fell in place. Even in David Dhawan's "Shaadi No.1", there's a whole bunch of us, including my cousin Zayed Khan.

    Incidentally, I always wanted to work in a David Dhawan film. It never worked out before. It's fun to work in a group. I had great fun working with Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan in "No Entry". They're super-generous actors, very helpful and willing to share their experiences.

    Now you're doing another comedy.

    Yeah, Indra Kumar's "Pyare Mohan" and I play Pyare. Indra Kumar and I have been discussing a possible project for a year. I think it's going to be very funny. I couldn't stop laughing when I heard the script. I really like the comic genre.

    But my next release is "Ek Khiladi, Ek Haseena". It's with a new director Suparna Verma. There's, therefore, a kind of freshness to the presentation. It's a film about a bunch of con artistes. It's interesting to see how a new director explores an unexplored world, like "Satya" did with the underworld. "Ek Khiladi..." opens the con genre in Hindi cinema. It gives some very hard-hitting action and characters. I'm very excited about it.

    Your father plays your dad?

    No, we aren't related in "Ek Khiladi..." We've just one scene together. I think I'm game for anything from con to "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun" as long as it's interesting. I've never stayed away from any kind of films. The character and its motives have to excite me. Sometimes I make the wrong choices. All actors have to face that.

    Anything with dad?

    He's working on a couple of scripts, nothing concrete. I'm very upbeat about my life. I always am. Life has its ups and downs. But like Anil in "No Entry", I like to "be positive". I don't get bogged down by setbacks.


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