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    “Ali is like the North Star,” says Uday Chopra

    Thursday, November 23, 2006
    In a frank chat, Uday Chopra talks about ‘Dhoom 2’ and what all he wants to do to further his career.

    The only producers who seem to cast you seem to be Yash Raj…

    I don’t believe that the industry has not given me my due – in this place talent speaks for itself – I will not use the excuse of being Yash Chopra’s son as a means of justifying why other producers have not cast me. If I am good I will get work – If I haven’t got the work then I will just have to prove that I am deserving – whatever the future of my career may be – Its in my hands through what I do and not because of my surname.

    What was it like this time around as compared to the first time?

    ‘Dhoom 1’ was the first time we were attempting something like this and it was new for all of us that’s why I will always have a sense of magic associated with the film – However ‘Dhoom 2’ had so many friends all together so the fun of working was literally doubled – not having John and Esha, did feel strange but we would always reminisce about them on the set and ya we did miss them.

    You have known Hrithik and Abhishek since childhood. Has your equation with them changed at all since you were children? What was the experience like shooting with them?

    They are two of my closest friends and no our equation is still very much the same as it has always been – we always seem to have the best time together and working together specially in a film like ‘Dhoom 2’ was amazing – we were either working or having fun there was no third emotion during the entire shoot of this film.

    What was it like working with two of the hottest women around: Aishwarya and Bipasha? How many scenes do you have with them in the movie?

    This has to be a rhetorical question cause naturally working with these two women can’t be anything but mindblowing!!! – I think both are just amazing women and working with them is super. As for scenes I had more work with Bipasha and not so much with Aishwarya.

    How has Ali’s character grown over the course of the sequel? Have you done anything differently as compared to the first one?

    Ali is like the North Star – always constant no matter what situation he is in – that is one of the great things about this character. I didn’t really have to do anything that differently – cause Ali is a character that doesn’t really change – he is the same innocent, funny, smart alecky kind of person, no matter where he goes – According to him if he is not in Nagpada then all he knows is that he is somewhere else– so be it Goa or Rio Ali is totally comfortable wherever he goes.

    Dhoom ended with you turning a new leaf and becoming a cop of sorts. Will you be a cop in the sequel or back to your con ways?

    In this film he has now become a cop – cause yes he did turn over a new leaf in the last film – So he does continue to don the mantle of a cop and he is very proud of being one but besides that everything else in his mind is pretty much the same.

    Dhoom 2 is your first sequel. Was it difficult to repeat the mannerisms and character of the first Dhoom?

    As for the mannerisms again I purposely didn’t want to change anything cause it had worked so well the last time but we did try and change the look of the character this time – Now since he is a cop instead of giving him the same long hair we cut it short, but at the same time retained the bandana – we also cut out his jackets and layered look and gave him more of a leaner feel in the film - so all in all Ali has gone thru a change in look but in essence he is still very much the same.

    We have seen so little of you except Neal N Nikki. Why aren’t you signing more films?

    I’ve always said that I rather do no work than do stuff that I don’t enjoy – I’m probably not really in a position to be picky and choosy but then again I can’t see myself doing things that doesn’t excite me. As far as work is concerned there is plenty out there but the stuff that I want doesn’t come to me and the stuff that comes to me I don’t want. So until one of the two things start to happen – I guess it will be a work in progress.


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