What is your next release ‘Golmaal’ all about?
‘Golmaal’ is a family comedy about four guys who are good for nothing. They live for each day. And how, they run away from situations, escaping from lenders and all the awkward situations. It’s about how they land up in a house and how they manage to stay in that house and what ‘Golmaal’ happens in that house is what the story is all about.
Not too many girls except Rimi…So is it a film about male bonding?
It’s one of those male bonding films who go through funny situations. And with Paresh who plays a blind man with his wife who also plays a blind woman, there are lots of funny situations.
You started off with a dancing hero image in ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’….But looking at your films off late do you think you haven’t been really capitalizing on that?
Because the films that I've done in the last two three years like ‘Khaki’, ‘Gayab’ didn’t suit my character to break into a dance….Kya Kool Hain Hum had it but it didn't have me totally capitalizing upon my dancing skills. But now, I am doing a few solo hero films. In ‘Good Boy Bad Boy’ I am doing a dance song in a dance competition. So, it depends upon the genre of the film.
Your role in ‘Khaki’ was supposed to be done by Akshay Khanna
Yeah he left it at the last minute…Thank God for that. I had ten days for preparing before the film started and it was such a big cast with a film directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi. I was nervous but from the first day itself, everything went very well. If you have a chemistry with the director then that shows on the screen. I am also playing a small cameo in his next film.
Raj Kumar Santoshi was supposed to direct a movie for your banner also?
Yeah…But it didn’t work out then.
Will you consider ‘Khaki’ to be a turning point in your career?
Yes surely. My earlier films worked very well but then I made a few mistakes. Some films didn't live up to my expectations. The songs worked but the films didn't. That’s why I changed my strategy and ‘Khaki’ was the first film that proved to be a turning point. Since then I have been selective and things have been good. Hope ‘Golmaal’ adds to my successes.
So you too are going the Aamir Khan way…
I think quality works. Quality control is important and it adds to your brand value. Today Aamir is such a big star. People know that he works only in good films. He pays attention to every aspect and that impression communicates to people as well. People who do any and every film end up diluting their worth. They are left with nothing. But it’s not as if that I will do only one film in two years. If I like the script I do it. I would want my releases to happen more often but they should be well worth it.
How was it working with actors like Ajay, Paresh, Arshad and Sharman in ‘Golmaal’?
All these guys are ‘Maharathi’ in comedy. It is a very ‘hat ke’ comedy
What are the films that you are currently doing?
After ‘Golmaal’ my next release will be ‘Good Boy Bad Boy’, then I shall start shooting for ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’ which is a multi starrer. Then I am doing a film for Shyam Bajaj called ‘Agar’ and after that I will do a film for my own banner directed by Neeraj Vohra which has not been titled yet.
And what about the sequel to ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum’ which was supposed to start soon after the first version became a hit?
That will start next year. And I think people will remember ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum’ for they remembered ‘Hera Pheri’ and went and saw the sequel in huge numbers even after six years gap. Moreover Sangeeth (Sivan) is busy with a few projects and he has to finish that before we can start on our film.