You look dashing even today, age doesn't reflect on you
Thank you... That's the character of the film. Next year I will be entering 70 and in the film I play, Viju a retired gangster who is settled in Paris where he runs a pub, he is a flamboyant, 'cool' and carries some attitude.
Ab Corp is also a producing the film, what excited you to join in as the producer for 'Bbuddah...' after giving the exceptional 'Paa'?
Ramu introduced Puri to me and said that he is an admirer and wants to do something with me. I met him and he turned out to be a fan. Initially it seemed awkward but when he narrated the idea to me I found it to be interesting and thought of producing it. I have seen 'Pokri' and liked the work.
What's the budget?
We are not the sole producers, Viacom has also joined in. The movie is made at a budget of around 10 and a half crores and we have sold the satellite in 35 crores… So we have covered the cost of production.
I believe that movie never fails but the costing sometimes exceeds the limit which sadly lands the movie in the loosing category. Here we have tried to take care.
What care have you to prepare for 'Viju' in 'Buddah...'?
Well at this age of my career I am doing this which I use to do at the age of 25, so I have to maintain a discipline. I go to gym every morning. Follow a routine in time to maintain the energy level.
What's the secret of your punctuality, you are always on time...
I have made it as my habit.
It seems the audience also has developed the habit of loving you right from the days of 'Deewar', 'Trishul' and they still continue to do.. How you feel?
Oh it's an amazing longevity!! I would like to share this, whenever I go for my concert abroad, every time I do a 5 minutes solo where I recite my famous popular dialogues right from 'Deewar', 'Trishul', 'Agneepath' etc and it turns out to be the favorite item of the concert, the gathered 50-60 thousand audience love it. The amazing fact is majority of the audience where not even born during 'Deewar', 'Trishul' but they still feel connected. It's really amazing and overwhelming feeling. What else an actor would ask for.
You are the first Bollywood action hero; you gave us the angry young man, what he has to say today?
First of all I would like to make it clear that I am not the first angry young man. Sunil Dutt, Ulhas... they where the angry young man before me.
Vijay became the trendsetter and it still continues...
It's always the character that is liked by the audience, an actor just comes in.
Has the anger of the angry man increased, reduced from his journey from 'Vijay' to 'Viju' or it's the same.
I won't say it has increased as the anger is different. In 'Zanjeer', 'Deewar', 'Trishul' etc the protagonist had a personal agenda, he wanted to take revenge, and he wanted to prove to his enemy for the wrongs being done to his family. During those times, our country India was going through a phase of intolerance, there was anger amongst youth and he was not able to express it on the streets. Salim and Javed sahib designed and created this character who fights with the system and wins again and again.
In 'Bbuddah... 'Viju' is 'cool'; he is flamboyant, stylish and carries an attitude, he doesn't want to prove anyone the way it was during the seventies.
In today's actors who do you feel fits the bill of an 'angry young man'?
Every actor is capable in his own way. It all depends on how the actor gets molded by the maker.
What was the feeling while doing action at this age?
Well those days it was fun. Even today I enjoyed doing it but it had its limitations considering my age and the medical advices that I have to take for precautions. It took time but once it got started then it went on and on.
There are three actresses in the film Hema Malini, Raveena and Sonal Chauhan whom you are romancing.
Yes there is romance… But for that you have to watch the film. The only thing I can say now is Sonal is with Sonu.
You have also sung three songs in the film…
Yeah... There's an interesting story to this. There was a break during a concert in abroad so I and Vishal Shekhar decided to have dinner in a restaurant. There I heard a music piece and an idea came to my mind that why can't I sing 'Khaike Pan Banaras Wala' to that rhythm, I asked Vishal Shekhar they agreed and the number became a hit at the concert. Then we forgot. During 'Bbuddah' sitting we recollected that memory and used it in one of our songs. The theme song has no instrument; my voice has been used as an instrument.
Do you play any instrument?
No I can't play but I pretend, in my office you will find a lovely piano and other instruments.
Your busy schedule must be stopping you....
No I do get time sometimes but not much. I would like to tell you that playing music gives you a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and calm.
You are a marvelous actor, good singer, also a producer who tries different things. Any plan of direction?
I am not capable of directing, I'm not a good singer and I'm not a marvelous actor.
In that case lots of honey and sugar in your mouth... (Smiles and signs off).