the heartthrob of millions has had a rather roller
coaster ride in his career. With his debut movie giving
a smash hit and then Fiza, Mission Kashmir, Yaadein
and now Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gaum, he has been on the
minds of the masses giving excellent performances
and improving with every new movie. Our SeasonsIndia
correspondent Neha Irani caught up with him on the
set of Koi Mil Gaya, a film directed by his dad, Mr.
Excerpts from the interview:
how does it feel to be working once again with your
dad after Kaho Na Pyar Hai?
Well its great. But I have continued working with
him after Kaho Na too. Have shot three ad films for
the coke commercials. So its not that I have not worked
with him. And its great working with him. We have
come very close and there are so many things that
I have to learn from him. On the sets he is the director
and I am the actor. Its fun working with Dad and chacha
So what's the film about?
As is reported is the story line is a mixture of Forrest
Gump and ET.
think these rumours are baseless. Yes, there's this
storyline of a kid and his encounter with life from
another world, but that doesn't mean its ET or Forrest
Gump. It's a very, very big budget movie. We've hired
Marc Colbe, who did the special effects for Jurassic
Park, Independence Day and Swordfish and a stunt director
from Australia. People are flying down to Mumbai for
every schedule. You can imagine how big this film
is from the fact that dad will go into a loss while
making this film. But he's making something he feels
so strongly about. I wish I could say more about the
film, but at this point in time, I can't speak anything
more than this.
Apparently, your success
has gone to your dad's head. True?
False. He's my father. Naturally, he's proud of me.
Which parent isn't proud of his child? Obviously,
he's happy for me. Yeah, he's affected by my success.
If your son becomes a star overnight, wouldn't you
react similarly? It's natural. My father has seen
both success and failure. He is not the sort to get
carried away by either.
What do you have to say about K3G the film?
I was overawed when I saw the film I had tears in
my eyes. While shooting for the film, I didn't realize
the magnitude of the magnificence of the production.
It's overwhelming to see oneself in the same frame
as such stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan,
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. My character in the film
is so similar to my own nature that I could identify
with it very easily and infact fell in love with the
character the moment Karan (Johar) narrated it to
There was a lot of talk about
tension between Shah Rukh Khan and you.
What nonsense. There was no tension between us. It
was all created by the media. Shah Rukh Khan will
always be a friend, an elder brother whom I'll look
up to. He's seen me grow up. I was my dad's assistant
during Karan Arjun and Koyla. So there's no question
of any feeling of rivalry between us. I know for sure
he likes me.
You are working with Amisha
in Aap Mujhe Aache Lagne Lage. Will the two of you
be able to create the same magic as you did in your
debut film Kaho No….?
Well that you have to wait and watch. We have put
in our best and now it is for the audience to decide.
It seems you have sung a
few lines in the movie. Is that true?
(Laughs). Well I have not sung a song. Its just that
I have sung a few lines of a shloka before it breaks
into a song. One thing I cant do is sing.
Apparently, Amisha and you
have done a sensuous dance number for the film. Were
you comfortable doing the number?
The script demands the dance. It's a mood-oriented
and passionate number. If you share good vibes with
your co-star, it's easier to do such a number. And
the chemistry is visible on screen. And at that time
when you are doing the number what really matters
is that whether you are looking good, whether your
expressions are good and you lips are synchronising.
So when these things are on your minds there is no
way you will feel affected and uncomfortable.
Do you regret not doing Farhan
Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai?
I do, but when Farhan approached me to do the film,
I was already neck-deep with work in Kaho Na..Pyar
Hai. So, in spite of wanting to work with him at that
stage, I couldn't do the film. But I would definitely
look forward to working with Farhan, but no, I can
categorically say, that he hasn't approached me yet,
nor have I signed his next film.