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How would you de­scribe Fi­rangi?

He’s a very slip­pery char­ac­ter. He has ab­so­lutely no con­science. He’s also very funny, which is why he’s charm­ing. But he’s a sur­vivor, and has his own agenda which he’s con­stantly fol­low­ing… so he’s a great char­ac­ter!

You’ve made a lot of films with pow­er­ful so­cial mes­sages, is this the same?

No, it’s purely pop­corn. [laughs] I’m sorry if you’re dis­ap­pointed. But I’ve done a lot of se­ri­ous films so I think it will be fun to see me in a film that is pure en­ter­tain­ment.

What was it like work­ing with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time?

It was one of the most ex­cit­ing things for me, be­cause I grew up watch­ing his films. Ev­ery day we’d shoot, I would be sit­ting next to him and just en­joy the mo­ment. I was like a lit­tle kid.

La­gaan is one of three Hindi films to be nom­i­nated for an Os­car. Were you dis­ap­pointed it didn’t win?

I’m not some­one who’s re­ally crazy about awards. What makes me happy is the fact that peo­ple con­nect with my films, and I’m able to reach peo­ple’s hearts. That’s what re­ally ex­cites me – the po­ten­tial to touch peo­ple’s lives. JF

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