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Imran Khan on ‘Katti Batti’, his recent flops and fatherhood

Imran Khan on Katti Batti, his recent flops, friendship and fatherhood

Written by Sankhayan Ghosh |
Updated: August 28, 2015 3:23:53 pm
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Your last release Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (GTPM) was in 2013. Why was there such a long gap between that and your new film Katti Batti?

I lost two films the day GTPM released and tanked. Suddenly, I was not bankable. Friends, who I thought were close, disappeared. But the next morning something funny happened. Nikhil Advani, director of Katti Batti, called to fix an appointment for script reading. I had been postponing the meeting for two months, but the call that day made me look at him in a different light.

Once I came on board for Katti Batti, an actress who liked the script wasn’t keen on working with me; another wanted her boyfriend to be cast opposite her. Nikhil refused to give in to their demands.

Was it different to get back to the sets after your daughter Imara was born in June last year?

It was, but not entirely because of the birth of my daughter. I had a huge learning experience after three of my films — GTPM, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara and Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola — failed. I had started my career with a hit, followed by two flops. I have seen friends disappear and reappear. This phase and getting to spend time with family — Avantika and I went on a long vacation before Imara was born — helped realign my priorities. I wasn’t afraid anymore and there was this sense of invincibility. Some of the fattest paychecks I have got have been a complete waste of time because I’ve had a miserable time making those films.

Which are the films you have enjoyed working in?

They are the films that have done well — Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Delhi Belly, Ek Main Aur Ek Tu and I Hate Luv Stories.

How did you end up doing the other films?

I have always signed films that seemed enjoyable. If it was 60 per cent on paper, I expected them to fall in place during the making. I also did films to get out of my comfort zone. But you can’t enter a space you absolutely don’t understand. The last few films I did weren’t made for entirely honest reasons.

Your contemporaries have had two to three releases a year. Does that bother you?

When I got a lot of attention after Jaane Tu…, I enjoyed it for a while. I have tried the social bit, parties and endorsements and figured that these don’t excite me. I am socially awkward. The reason I am acting is because I am fascinated with the craft of making movies and I have to earn. Fame doesn’t motivate me at all. When I dont have a film, I don’t go places and speak to the media because I have nothing to say. And it didn’t bother me at all that my contemporaries are doing well. I find Ranveer Singh endlessly charming and entertaining.

You and Ranbir Kapoor used to hang out often but there were rumours of a fallout.

It is hard to understand what it is to be a 24-year-old movie star. You are famous, people are throwing money at you. It is quite freaky. Its something that not even your girlfriend or brother would understand. I met Ranbir only after both of us became actors. He was someone I could talk to about these things, things only he and I understood. Later, we got busy with work and haven’t been in touch that much.

You have done a few unconventional things, like appearing in a video that addresses homophobia by All India Bakchod (AIB), before other stars became associated with them.

My tastes have always been a little off, especially humour. I’ve known AIB’s Rohan Joshi and Tanmay Bhatt for a while and got them to write for an award show I was hosting with Ranbir. The video gave me a chance to play a style of humour we don’t get to do in our films: dry, deadpan and straight-faced.

Aamir Khan apparently cried after watching Katti Batti. Do you show him your films and seek his advice?

People have always assumed that Aamir advises me on movies. Do you think he told me to do Luck? He is a guy who believes in jumping into the pool if you want to learn swimming. Most of our conversations are not movie related. Out of my 12 movies, he has only seen three — Jaane Tu…, Delhi Belly, which are his own productions, and Katti Batti. I have never really had the courage to show my work to him because I know he will not have flattering things to say.

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