I’m Not Re­ally Look­ing At Mak­ing My Ca­reer Right Now As A Ro­man­tic Hero

In a can­did con­ver­sa­tion with Khush­boo Ti­wari, AR­BAAZ KHAN in­sists he feels for­tu­nate to still find work in the in­dus­try, and why Da­bangg 3 is one sig­nif­i­cant project for him and more…

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

What are the other gen­res you plan to work on next? I’m not re­ally look­ing at mak­ing my ca­reer right now as a ro­man­tic hero. Yeh ho gaya ek aad baar toh ho gaya, chalein ya nahi chalein jaise bhi hai ya fir ho sakta hai ek aad baar aur koi film mil jaye. Ev­ery ro­man­tic hero’s ca­reer gets over at this stage and main toh shuru kar raha hoon. So for me hop­ing that my ca­reer be­gins as a ro­man­tic hero now is a bit far-fetched. I’m prac­ti­cal that way. Sunny Leone was one of the rea­sons I did Tera In­tezaar. How has the jour­ney been in the in­dus­try?

Not re­ally all that great. I was maybe a lit­tle lazy or prob­a­bly, I didn’t have the drive. Also, you have to ac­cept that ev­ery­body can’t have what a Sal­man Khan has, that lit­tle ex­tra ‘X’ fac­tor. Be it Sal­man Khan, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ak­shay Ku­mar or any other top ac­tor, they have some­thing dif­fer­ent in them and that is the rea­son they have sur­vived in this in­dus­try since more than 20 years, giv­ing a tough com­pe­ti­tion to all the new­com­ers even to­day. But for me as an ac­tor, I feel you may give your best but that might not be good enough for cer­tain projects or peo­ple. I feel I did my best at cer­tain times but there have been times that I could have done bet­ter.

You lost out on in­ter­est­ing projects…

When I did Daraar for Ab­basMas­tan, they had ap­proached me for Khi­ladi and I was to do Ak­shay’s role. In fact, they were very keen on me do­ing it. How­ever, I had signed another film whose dates were clash­ing with Khi­ladi. And they couldn’t wait, so they signed Ak­shay and iron­i­cally, the film for which I left Khi­ladi was never made and Khi­ladi be­came a suc­cess. Da­bangg’s next fran­chise is in the pipe­line. But why the gap of seven years since the se­cond se­quel? What has changed in the process of film­mak­ing?

Da­bangg’s fran­chise has been much loved. For now, we are ideat­ing on the story and more on the char­ac­ters and like I said, we have Prab­hud­heva on­board for di­rec­tion. He is a very stylish and ef­fi­cient di­rec­tor, he will def­i­nitely do a good job.

Com­ing from a filmi back­ground, you do have a de­tailed knowl­edge of what kind of films work nowa­days. What ac­cord­ing to you plays a big­ger role - a good script, the con­tent, star cast or any­thing else?

It’s al­ways the script. Very rarely will you see that a star cast has pulled through a very or­di­nary film - and that maybe hap­pens only in the peak of some­body’s ca­reer. For in­stance, there might be weak films in Sal­man, Aamir, Shah Rukh or Bachchan sa­hab’s ca­reer which they pulled off due to their star­dom and even then also it wouldn’t be a block­buster or an iconic film. It might just about cover the coss.

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