A Straight From The HE RT
It’s a Salman Khan film: Is your role in Sultan meaty enough? I don’t go for meaty roles. When you work with Salman Khan, you don’t think if a role is meaty or not. It’s just a role. People have a dream to work with a particular person, but I have a dream to work with only two people, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. I met Ali (Abbas Zafar) and asked him to give me any role he wanted to, and I went home and wrote in my diary that I will do Sultan with Salman Khan. And the next day, I got to know that the films casting was done. I got a call from Ali, saying that he had a part for me. He asked me to listen to it once, but I refused. And instead, asked if I was sharing a frame with Salman. He said yes, so I agreed to the film. I’m with him in the entire film. The part was very strong and very crucial. I believe it’s turned out well.
Does the length of a role not matter to you? Nothing matters to me. There are two ways of seeing life for an actor. You see everything with a very alienated point of view. Sometimes it happens that the story and the film maker are very good, and you’re doing just a five-minute role. But the depth of your role, the character you’re playing is so amazing that people remember you much later as well. And then there’s a film that is totally on your shoulders but there’s no connect, no writing, and no direction, and it doesn’t work. Also, movies are about the right mix of cast. All great movies have an ensemble cast.
Has Bollywood been fair to you? I’m not in Bollywood. I’m in the business of making movies and my office is in Mumbai. I’ve seen so much in life that this is a piece of cake, it’s a walk in the park. The best people I’ve met in my life are in this industry. There are people who have gone out of their way to love me, to teach me, to guide me, and to mould me. I’ve met youngsters, strugglers, actors, and well-off people. When I see them angry I find it funny. I’m pampered here and I hope it doesn’t change.
You have already said you would like to work with Aamir Khan and Salman Khan. Do you also have a dream director? Yes, it’s a very good point. I would like to work with Imtiaz (Ali), Anurag Kashyap, and Sachin (Karande) again. I’d like to do a film with Neeraj Ghaywan. My dream is not to become a superstar. There’s just one thing I want, and that is to keep acting for the next fifty years. That’s all.