‘FAWAD KHAN PLAYS AN IM­POR­TANT PART’

Film-maker Karan Jo­har says it was crit­i­cal to cast some­one like the Pak­istani ac­tor in his up­com­ing movie; adds that he is “very happy” that the ac­tor agreed to do the role

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Karan Jo­har is back in the di­rec­tor’s chair af­ter four years (he last helmed Stu­dent of the Year; 2012). And as the much-awaited teaser of his next, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM), re­leases to­day (Au­gust 30), the film-maker gets talk­ing about the con­jec­tures as­so­ci­ated with his multi-star­rer, Fawad Khan, and the story be­hind the film’s ti­tle.

You are back to di­rec­tion af­ter four years. Are you ner­vous or ex­cited?

I am al­ways ner­vous (smiles). This is my sixth di­rec­to­rial ven­ture. I have di­rected a film af­ter four years, and that (Stu­dent of the Year) was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent movie. Of course, this one is up­dated in a cer­tain sense. But it is like go­ing back to the school of love and pas­sion in cin­ema, which I ex­pe­ri­enced in the past with films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003).

There have been sev­eral con­jec­tures about the film’s story…

ADHM is noth­ing like Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006). There were spec­u­la­tions that it might be sim­i­lar to Doosra Aadmi (1977), or that it is about an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair. But there is no such thing. It is a story about love. They say love can make you or de­stroy you, but this film is about how love can com­plete you. We rarely make pow­er­ful love sto­ries nowa­days. So, it is not a rom­com or about in­fi­delity; it is just a love story.

Be­sides Ran­bir Kapoor, Aish­warya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, ADHM also stars Fawad Khan…

Yes, sev­eral ru­mours are float­ing around re­gard­ing who is play­ing what part in the film. But let me clar­ify that the movie is based on in­ter-re­la­tion­ships be­tween peo­ple. It isn’t just a love story, but a story about love, and the emo­tions that come with it. Of course, Ran­bir, Anushka and Aish­warya, and their in­ter-re­la­tion­ships, have a lot to do with the theme. Fawad, too, plays an ex­tremely im­por­tant part; he has a spe­cial ap­pear­ance. But his role and the con­flict that he brings to the ta­ble are very crit­i­cal to the story. So, we needed to do the right cast­ing. I am grate­ful that Fawad agreed to come on board. It is a spe­cial ap­pear­ance, for which he shot with us for a week.

Are you happy with the way Fawad’s part has turned out?

I am very happy that we got him on board. Of course, Ran­bir, Aish­warya and Anushka have played their parts beau­ti­fully, but it was crit­i­cal to get the right per­son for the role Fawad has played. When peo­ple will watch the film, they will re­alise that we needed his kind of per­son­al­ity for the part. His part is im­por­tant in terms of the nar­ra­tive of the film. I needed an ac­tor who brings in dig­nity and a cer­tain emotional stature. He was my only choice. Though it is a small part in a larger emotional graph, it is still a very crit­i­cal role.

Of course, Ran­bir, Aish­warya and Anushka have played their parts beau­ti­fully, but it was crit­i­cal to get the right per­son for the role Fawad has played. KARAN JO­HAR, FILM-MAKER

PHO­TOS: HTCS

Aish­warya Rai Bachchan Ran­bir Kapoor Anushka Sharma Fawad Khan

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