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SRK's Interview On “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” – Part 1

Friday, December 12, 2008

1.What do you think about the music of "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi"? Which is your favourite track from the film?

I think whenever I am normally asked this question- what I think about the music of the film - I would like to really answer that I don't think about the music of the film because music is not to be thought about - music is to be heard, enjoyed and felt.

Also, I am a little tone deaf about music I don't really know great music but as a lay man I do understand that all the songs sound cool of my film of other films, and this is what happened to me when I heard the music of 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'.

I heard it in installments because Adi is secretive about his music, so the first song I heard was "Haule Haule" and maybe it's like love at first sight or love at first hear... so "Haule Haule" is my favourite song.

I think Salim-Sulaiman have excelled, they are wonderful music directors but for "Haule Haule" they have gone beyond and I think Jaideep's lyrics both have merged together - it's a modern sounding song with amazingly earthy lyrics - it reminds me a bit of the Chak De India song "Kuch Kariye Kuch Kariye". I don't know somehow it's not similar at all but "Haule Haule" is sweeter, is kinder and little geekier that says some really nice things.

My second most favorite song is the title track "Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai" but to be honest I think the beauty of the music of this film will lie when you see the film because it flows seamlessly.

It has four songs visually in the film and when I saw the movie, the best thing I liked is that the songs don't stop the movie, they don't just come as an item, they take the story forward, each one of them actually and that's why perhaps they are not how typically a song is picturized like.

"Haule Haule" is picturized in three shots, it's very interesting - and visually, I think the most attractive song is "Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte" – it's very attractive to the audience because I am doing a lot of different getups, it's very attractive to me because I had five beautiful women dancing with me, so it was really nice. You get a new comer to act with you and then you have five fantastically, sexy and attractive ladies dancing with you, so that was nice and visually it's like really big and huge and Shiamak has excelled himself in this song - so on and on great music.

There are some people in London I hear they like "Dance Pe Chance" because it's got this English - Hindi kind of teaching you how to dance kind of music. Anushka has danced very well on it, I have tried to keep up - I have an excuse, I am not a good dancer and even in the film I am supposed to be a bad dancer, so it works well for me but overall I think the music is really nice really befitting this kind of film.

What was it that helped you decide to do this film?

2.When I am working with Yash Raj Films there are no decisions that I can take, as a matter of fact there are no decisions they can also take, we don't work on decisions - we just do it. We don't even work together, we just love each other - we just go ahead and say "OK Yashji, what film are you making" or Yashji will call me "Tu kya kar raha hai" and I will say "Kuch nahin" and he will say "Chal aaja picture kar le".

Adi also called me in January and said," I have written a film". I said, "Good for you". I thought he is producing another film and he said I have written it for you and I will make you hear it and you tell me, I said OK and I heard it and said it's very nice and he said we are doing it after 3 months. So there are never any decisions to be made when you are working with Yash Raj Films - at least my relationship is like this.

There are some few people in the film industry that I don't take any decisions, I think neither do they. It's just that sometimes both of us, whether it's Adi and me, or Yashji and me, or even for Karan and Farah, we say OK let's do a film and we just go and tell a story. So I can't say there is one thing that makes me decide to do this film except for the fact that I love Adi very much and I have only one thing as an elder to tell him that before he finishes making films, he should have directed 30 films. He's about 10 years too late and this is his third film - I think by now he should have been doing his seventh film. Then he would have had six "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (DDLJ's) - right now he's just going to have three of them.

3.Can you tell us something about the character that you play.

Surinder Sahni is someone that I have played before - it's an ordinary person. I have always said this and I will repeat it even if it's a repeat that Adi and I think that we are quite responsible for creating this young urban yuppie hero type called Raj when we did 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'.

I wouldn't like to take the whole credit but give it to Adi, but that kind of cinema and that kind of character we brought were good at heart, golden hearted... but really cool on top. Perhaps could be misunderstood and I think over the years as we have grown, we realized that we don't even need to dress him up well, I think we decided that we have normally tried to sell you the model of a car with the beauty of its lines and say - Oh, it's got a fantastic bonnet, it's got fused lighting and it's got this rooftop, it's a convertible but basically what counts in a car is the engine.

This time I think Adi and I decided that we are going to bare the engine and put it in front of the people and say if it doesn't look very attractive it doesn't have smooth lines, it's not a convertible but this is what runs the car. So, Surinder Sahni to me is the engine of most of the characters that perhaps Adi and I have done together. He is what he would look like from inside - maybe not very attractive, maybe little simple, but Surinder Sahni runs this character. So I wouldn't call Surinder Sahni a character, actually, I would call him the soul of lot of characters that Adi has written for me and other actors also.

4.What was it like working with Anushka Sharma who is making her debut?

To be really honest, when I met Anushka I felt that she's got an amazing amount of confidence. I think she has modeled before this on the ramp; she's a very pretty girl, very conscientious which I notice is a common trait in the youth of today. All youngsters are very conscientious, very confident and they have a very clear cut thought process.

They want to learn, but they have a mind of their own and this is an experience I really find very interesting in this phase of my career that I am working with youngsters who come with an idea which is I would say - they speak the language of this generation, they have expressions of this generation.

I think I am from a different generation and may be I am getting a little old fangled, maybe I am getting what people call stylized and mannerized in my acting, and maybe I am just getting repetitive in my acting. When I worked with Anushka it made me realize that there is a whole new world of enacting a scene.

Anushka in a certain way has helped me a lot with this film. A lot of people asked me, did you direct Anushka because she's a new comer? I think, without knowing, Anushka has directed me in the film because she gives a different expression and I am like listen I cannot be going on to the set pattern of how I act. I need to react to this girl who's so fresh and different. So as an actor, I would say she has kept me on my toes and I think she has done a wonderful job because we really needed a new character for this film.

The film becomes believable for Suri and everybody else in the film because of Anushka. She holds the film together. She is in the certain sense the main protagonist. Actually, at the end of one scene, I went up to her and told her, 'Thank you for making my film so beautiful'. I think these are the two things I can say about Anushka and wish her all the best.

I feel responsible for her career because she is starting off with me. I hope she does a fantastic job. Thank you for teaching me how to act in a different way and keeping me on my toes, not just by virtue of being fresh and new, by being taller than me also. I truly from the bottom of my heart pray for her. I hope we have got this film right - Adi and myself - and it does really good for her and she does some amazing amount of work, so we can feel proud that we started her career on celluloid.

5.This is your third film with Aditya Chopra - what was the experience working with him on 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'?

Adi is a very very old friend - we have known each other for I think around 14 to 15 years maybe. We share a very close rapport. We started working in 'Darr' when he was the chief AD and somehow we started feeling that we think the same. Adi and I have a lot of things in common as people. I think we are both a little reclusive. My job being of an actor, I think have to come out and be in the open - but I would be a lot like Adi you know a little shy, reclusive, quiet - wanting to create new things. But strangely, because both of us are alike, we do realize the decency in letting each other have his own space, so it's really wonderful - professionally we respect each other.

I call him 'Sir' on the sets. I respect what he does. I think he's a little more intense than me and I am a little funnier than him. So that helps in making a film – because, he brings the intensity like in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' and I think I bring the comedy in a film like in 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'.

In this film, we have gone over the top. He has allowed me to be funny; I have allowed him to be intense. I think it's a great mix when we come together and I respect him for his beliefs, he's very earthy.

'Thank you Adi' for allowing me to be a part of your third dream and I hope I can continue to work very hard and hopefully try and be a part of your last dream too, whenever that may be, fifty-sixty years down the line. But I am like really blessed to have someone like Adi making films with me... and all three... so it's a hundred percent record for me, and I am really very thankful.

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