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The story’s based in rural Punjab about a farmer who decides to educate only one son and the other continues to work as a farmer.

Written by Natasha Sahgal |
July 23, 2009 3:52:11 am

What’s Kissan all about?
Arbaaz: The story’s based in rural Punjab about a farmer who decides to educate only one son and the other continues to work as a farmer. The educated son goes abroad to study and when he returns,his ideals and that of his family clash. I play the educated son,Aman.
Sohail: My character,Jigar,is more emotional. Since that’s how I am in real life it was easy to play the role. Even Arbaaz is the emotional sort,so that’s why I think he’s done some pretty awesome acting.

So is this a social drama?
Arbaaz: Not at all. The backdrop of the movie is issues like agricultural loans,land grabbing but the main concentration of the movie is on the relationships more than the issues.
Sohail: I wanted to touch on this serious issue in our country.

Was there a lot of brotherly bonding during the shoot?
Arbaaz: The shooting was done at a set on the outskirts of Chandigarh. For the month that we were there it was like we were one big happy family,not just both of us but everyone. The entire team would eat together and discuss the shots every day. I think Sohail was quite stressed out though; he’s the producer after all.
Sohail: I wasn’t stressed at all. In fact,everything was so well planned that we finished our shoot three days before schedule. I’ve spent most of my life with my brother so I took this chance to bond with Jackie Shroff. He’s such an amazing person that I spent every free minute hanging out with him.

Does this mean no more rib-ticklers from you?
Arbaaz: While the story does have its moments of seriousness,we’ve made a complete entertainer. So we have songs,dance,drama,comedy,romance,action and everything.
Sohail: We obviously can’t go out and do any slapstick,but the movie definitely has its light moments.

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Arbaaz has just started his own production company,do you have any tips for him?
Sohail: He’s lived in a filmy atmosphere all his life and I think films are in our blood. But I think he should just take everything easy and think before every step. I know he’s already keeping his ears and eyes open at all times. He already asks a lot of questions and that’s the right way to go.

Arbaaz,will you be working with your brothers on all your productions?
Arbaaz: I would love to have my family involved in all my projects,but it’s not a compulsion. Salman is busy; it isn’t easy to find a project that will excite him and that he will have the time to do. I’ve started my first venture,Dadanng with him and the rest depends on what the script requires.

What do you love best about each other?
Arbaaz: I love that he is both easygoing and responsible at the same time. I often forget he’s the younger one.
Sohail: Arbaaz is just so comfortable in front of the camera. Right now as a producer,I just love him for being such a great actor.

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