What is the specialty of Kancha Cheena?
He is very unpredictable. He has interpreted Bhagwat Gita accordance with him. He believes in Bhagwat Gita. It is a very complex character. To understand Kancha is difficult.
Is a dark character hard to play?
Karan (Johar) called me up and then Karan Malhotra came and narrated the story. I loved it. I loved the way Kancha is perceived and how he wanted Kancha to be...So I said yes to it... Its brilliantly written character and brilliantly written script!
Do you think Kancha will over shadow Vijay?
There is no such thing but I can say that such villain never came in Indian cinema. When you see super hero films like Batman, Spiderman etc in any Hollywood flicks the villain characters are very scary as well as very powerful and in the entire film. He just beats the hero (hero ki band baajata hai). Karan Malhotra has thought of such villain which nobody can stand. And at the end hero becomes the hero.
How Agneepath takes you forward as an actor?
Itís not taking me backward or forward. I do my work honestly, be it Rascals, Chatur Singh, such things happens. But Kancha was a challenging character for any actor. It's a very dark character. It is very tough decision for any actor to do Kancha Cheena.
The appearance of the Kancha is very loud as compared to Danny's character. Did you use prosthetics?
We used prosthetic in the beginning with Chintuji but there was so much heat that the prosthetic got melted. So put it takes 3 hours to apply and 3 hours to take off. So prosthetic not possible so there was only 1 way left... Just shave! I said Jai Mata Di and did it.
Have you decided anything in the look?
No I havenít decided anything; it's just Karan Malhotra.
Is it challenging to do negative role?
Khalnayak was not negative but anti hero even Vastav it was anti. Kancha is totally negative. He is unpredictable.
Do you read Bhagwat Gita?
No I haven't read Bahgwad Gita but I have read the Ramayana. That is the only holy book I have read.
You have done good character like Munnabhai and people loved it and now its Kancha which is totally negative so don't you think about you image change?
The problem is that the whole nation is falling in love with Kancha also. That is a surprise for me. While travelling in different cities in the country the kind of response I got it from the people I was surprised.
How different this Agneepath from the original?
The premises are the same. Vijay Dinanath Chauhan is there, his father was deceptively murdered by Kancha. The revenge is same but the setting is totally different. It is much grounded film. Vijay is a simple boy, just like Nagpada underworld boys.
How many times have you seen original Agneepath?
Yes many times.....Dialogues was good. Danny sir performance was brilliant and sir (Big B) can't be compared only.
What went wrong at that time because the film didn't do well at the box office?
I have no idea. According to me I loved the film. If I was the audience I would have filled the theater. It may be far ahead of its time.
Hrithik said that he got scared of you on the sets...
No..... It's his mighty heart. I think it is one of his great performances.
You made him work out on the set?
Yes I have.
What you want to say about Katrina performance?
I am shocked to see her dancing in such way. She is brilliant. The girl who is good at western dance and doing lawani, marathwada dance is really very tough. She did rehearsal for 15 days. Superb!
Why you did not do Vijay role?
I am 50 year old and Vijay has to be little younger.
Your favorite villain till date?
Do you identify yourself with Kancha?
In real life I am not like Kancha. One week before when I was dubbing for the film climax. After 10-15min I stopped and moved out then Karan came and asked what happened. I told him that if I will tell you the reason you will laugh at me but he insisted, then I said that that I can't see myself like this. I am scared by my character. I can't believe THIS IS ME!!
So which character you found close to yourself?
Status of Munnabhai?
Vidhu called me and said just be ready from September for Munnabhai. You should appreciate the fact that Vidhu and Rajkumar Hirani said that if they just wanted to make money than they would have made Munnabhai every year like Munnabhai LLB, Taxiwala..... But not itís a brand they don't want to kill it, so it should be better than the Lage Raho.
Is this true that you don't want your daughter in the film industry? But why?
Absolutely true and underline it 500 times. One thing I want to make it clear that I have no answer to give to nobody. She is my daughter. If someone asked me the reason I will show him the finger. If you want the reason then my father never wanted any female from the family to join the film industry not because the industry is bad place for women or it's a taboo in our country but there is too much struggle for a woman. It's my dad's legacy I can't leave.
But she wants to join the industry...
Let her come but I won't be there to support her and I will see who will support her..
Which 5 movies of yours you want you children to watch once they grow up?
Munnabhai 1 & 2, Vastav, Naam, Saajan.
Any plans of direction?
After acting, I may try singing... I am not a bad singer... If my voice get bad than I will turn director.