What made you say yes for Dhoom 3
It's a wonderful script and very entertaining. It has the best emotional track than the earlier two films.
Working with YRF again any memories of Yashji
I respect Yashji a lot. I missed him all the more because he is not here to see the film. He was part of the planning of the script. It will be one of the biggest regrets that he was not here with us. I told Aditya about it. I have high regards for Adi as a producer, director and creative person.
Have you watched the earlier series of Dhoom
I have watched Dhoom 1 and enjoyed it. It was fun. I loved the title song. Dhoom 2 I have not seen.
How challenging is Dhoom3 for an actor like you
It's a larger than life film and character and there are a lot of stunts that I have performed but I would love to tell the youth of the country that it's a movie and we are performing stunts under a lot of security do not try it in real life or else you will put your life in danger. We used harnesses. We undergo a lot of training. A lot of safety measures are taken by the stunt directors when we are performing. In Chicago where we were shooting the entire roads were blocked. The police had sealed the roads. The cars are driven by stunt directors.
You are an actor, an inspiration and you always prepare and have gone in lengths to get the right nuances, it is learnt you where under medication for Dhoom 3
Yes and I was shooting for this song 'Malang Malang'and I had to do circus stunts. We had trainers and were asked to spin 30 to 40 feet above the ground. We also shot the song on a hoop which was even more dangerous. You can even lose your balance as were not harnessed. We had to lock our knees and bend down. I was under medication and I felt giddy. Sometimes you knees buckle up and you can easily slide down. There is no safety measure underneath. We asked the trainers how they manage but they said that even they feel giddy but get used to it over a period of time. You get injured during the process. Even Katrina had a lot of bruises on her legs. But they make sure that you are trained before you even attempt it.
Did you have to undergo any particular diet and fitness regime for the movie
I had trained for Ghajini too but there my body was big and muscled. Here I am very lean. So it required a strict diet and eight hours of sleep. I trained for two years to become lean. I was training myself while I was shooting for Talaash.
You have learnt tap dancing for the film
I always wanted to learn tap dance as it's an attractive dance form but since I am not a good dancer I never learnt it. I have learnt percussion and feel that tap dance is percussive. I had the inclination to learn the dance form. It's like playing table with your feet. When Aditya Chopra and director Vijay Krishna Acharya came to know that I like the dance form they decided to have the title song in which I do tap dance. They said it will take me two years to learn the basic and a good five years before I can master the art. But I decided to give it a shot. We got the number one company Tap Dog to train me. They have done tap dance for Hollywood animated film Happy Feet. We contacted them and they came on board. It was a wonderful experience. First few days I trained in India but it was not possible so I went to Sydney and cut off myself from everyone to concentrate on the skills. I practiced for four to five hours a day. For me tap dance is what Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire do. They were so light on feet and so graceful. Tap Dog has changed the entire concept of tap dance. They have given it a modern touch. It's very heavy now so it was easier for me. The dancers around me have been doing it for 20 years. I think it would be great if I could give it more time. Azad learnt it from me. He used to imitate me and I have made a video of it. It was wonderful to watch him imitate me.
You are also playing a magician in the film
No, the film is not about a magician it's about performing arts. I did a lot of circus and gymnast training. The Malang Malang song has a lot of acrobats. It's an advanced circus I don't think India has seen such circus acts. For us Circus is all about elephants and tigers. We have trapeze acts or contortionists. It's traditional circus. For us a clown is understandably a joker who makes you laugh. It's not the definition anymore. A joker participates in all the acts but in the character. Katrina and I have done the actual shots.
You have played a negative role in Fanaa earlier how different was this role?
I am the villain but I am not negative. I am not doing an Amrish Puri in the film. In Fanaa I killed people. In Dhoom 3 he has a past and has gone through emotional trauma. He's a character we are hoping who will gain sympathy. You have set trends when it comes to promotions of films. What is in store this time for Dhoom3. We are not going to promote the film as we don't want people to lose interest in the film. We feel less is more. We are not going on any Television shows. I had been to Salman sets when he was doing Dus Ka Dum. I watched an episode and texted him. He invited me to the show and it was fun. We are going heavily on internet. The film cuts across all age groups it's a universal film.
Whenever a biggie releases ticket prices go high any this time for Dhoom3
Theatre prices are not in our hands, we have no hold. It's the exhibitor's choice. They have made good multiplexes and everyone cannot afford to go to theatres. I want more and more people to come and watch cinema. I think they should have a medium level theatre where there are no luxuries so that the people can afford to watch films.
Working with Katrina
Katrina is a wonderful person, she likes chess and so do I. She has a great sense of humour and is very easy going this is the first time I have worked with Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra too and it was fun.
You celebrated the second birthday of your son Azad recently are you a hands on father
No, unfortunately I cannot make that much time for him. I feel I am self centered. But I am not a bad father either. I make some time for him at night and tell him stories at bedtime. Earlier I would take him to my sets every day . He used to wake up and see me getting ready for work and he would cling to me. I would take him on the sets and when he was tired he would go off to sleep and by 11.00 I would send him back home. He was with me in Chicago too.
Aradhya was also with her parents Abhishek and Aishwarya did they bond
No by the time Aradhya was in Chicago he had left. Abhishek, Aishwarya bonded on the sets and I got to spend time with their child. She's a beautiful child.
Do you think Dhoom 3 will set box office records
I don't know about that but I was the first Khan to create the 100 crore club. I don't believe in numbers and I want my film to win hearts. 3 Idiots touched the audience's heart. That is what I want for Dhoom 3. When I read the script of Talaash I loved the film, I knew it was for the niche audience. I knew it was not a 100 crore film but I still did it because I loved the film. I believe that it's the only film that talks of coming to terms with loss of human relationship that you care about in life. I found that in the film.
Do you feel you will outshine Chennai Express
I am not here to outshine any film or any actor. My purpose is to achieve more than what I am expecting through my role.
According to you who is No.1 at Bollwood box office
All stars have the potential to use the first three days at the box office. Salman has always been the number one star. He bulldozes through all logic. I don't think I have the capability of doing what he does. But I feel that if a film is not good enough it doesn't make a mark on my mind. A good film contributes for the first three day but no film runs because of a star. It's the script and the film that does well at the box office and you cannot deny that.
You are very fond of Salman while you have an ongoing war with Shah Rukh Khan why
I am genuinely fond of Salman and find him very charming. He's a bigger star and can take a film on his shoulder. Ranbir is another great actor. When I was watching Barfi I asked Kiran, what is he doing that I am not. I want to do well for myself but at the same time I am an audience and love watching good work. I loved Sanjay Dutt in Munnabhai. Good work gives me great joy and it may not necessarily be mine. I like Shjah Rukh as an actor and I like him romantic roles. I watch his films and I liked Diwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai . I want to see Chak De it's on my list of not watched films. He's a fine actor and charming, he brings a smile on your face.
Will we ever see Kiran making a commercial film
She is working on the script and is very secretive but I like it that way. I would love to work with her but I should be impressed by the script. If she wants me I will definitely work but it depends on her.
Your son Junaid has come into direction. Will you work with him? What about your daughter Ira has she planned to make it into films
Why not. If I have trust and faith I will definitely work. He will have to satisfy me as a director. He is currently working with Rajkumar Hirani and is doing well. I have not asked Ira what she plans to do. They should do what they want to do I have no objections. They should be under no pressure as far as their career is concerned. If they love to be into films it will be a great joy.