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    “I am not a politician,” says Vinod Khanna

    [Interview by Faridoon Shahryar]
    Sunday, December 03, 2006
    “Politics is the biggest platform to serve the people. I have no other intentions in politics. I am not a politician,” says Vinod Khanna, one of the legendary actors of Hindi films who is making a comeback to films with Vishram Sawant’s ‘Risk’. Over to an exclusive interview with the man who gave stiff competition to Big B and then gave it all up for spirituality:

    What is your next film ‘Risk’ all about?

    Risk is a film after five years. It suddenly came my way. It was a spiritual connection for Vishram called me out of the blue and after listening I loved the way he had conceived the role. After that I saw ‘D’ and I knew that this guy can handle this subject.

    What’s your opinion about Randeep Hooda….Your co-star in the film?

    I saw Randeep in ‘D’ and I was just amazed. His performance, his intensity and the way he carried himself. When I was told that he is doing the cop’s role then I knew that he is the right choice.

    You are said to be playing a dehati Don in the film….

    It’s not a dehati don. But he is an uncultured don unlike dons that you’ve seen in Hollywood films. He is a very down to earth, simple, ordinarily dressed, language is colloquial. It’s a nice shade.

    What’s your opinion about the title ‘Risk’?

    It’s a very unconventional film. Risk is a very colloquial term. In my own constituency people say hey yeh risk kyun leta hai. Risk nahin lena chahiye. Risk has become a hindi word…

    What’s your opinion about the treatment of the film?

    I think the way he has handled the characters, that’s where it’s different. Conceptualization of characters makes the film different. His camera movements are very unorthodox. He hasn’t taken the film to a typical ending. It keeps you guessing.

    Is your character having only negative shades?

    It has positive shades also. But more grey. And grey because he is in that setup…He is in underworld. He has to survive. He has his nexus. He has his political nexus, police nexus. He has his enemies. And for surviving he has to do anything to survive.

    You are doing another film ‘Godfather’ which is allegedly being made by a real life gangster…

    It’s not. It’s just a media hype. He has a family background. But he is a clean guy.

    You’ve done well in politics….What’s your social ideology?

    My going into politics is only to serve the people. And politics is the biggest platform to serve the people. I have no other intentions in politics. I am not a politician. It’s just another opportunity. It’s a Godsend opportunity. And I got a constituency in the first time itself (Gurdaspur). It was a backward area where a lot of work had to be done. And fortunately for me I have been able to accomplish a lot over there. And since now major demands have been met, I haves some work, I thought it was time to give some time for my children, make some money for them.

    What is the definition of spirituality for you?

    It’s a very broad term. Adhyatm is the word which means going within. In our lives we seldom get time to look within. There are states of moksh, parmanand, self realization…these are areas one has to look into. Everybody is searching for that peace within.

    You gave up your career for Osho…Any regrets?

    I am the most fortunate human beings. I had a great guru. A Sadguru. He happened to be in this contemporary period which made him controversial. He was much ahead of his time. Today the whole world is reading him. We were fortunate that we got so much attention from him.

    You’ve had several hits with Amitabh Bachchan….

    I think we both accepted each other as actors who compliment each other. We did not interfere with each other. We enhanced each other’s performance. We did not interfere in the scripts. No one-upmanship. And I think we both had tremendous fan following which we both respected. We respected each other. We were good friends.

    What do you think about Akshay Khanna’s growth as an actor?

    Nobody has ever written him off as an actor. He has got great critical acclaim. It’s just that he didn’t choose the right scripts. Now he is mature and he is very sure when he
    selects a script irrespective of the fact that whether the film does well or not.

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