Thanks to Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg’s greatest inventions, they kept me connected to the world which made me feel like I was at home feeling the love and support as if I was only inches from everyone’s excitement.
Q. “Rustom” is your first film on a crime of passion… It’s about a loving husband who murders his wife’s lover. How difficult was it for you to portray this man who loves his country and wife but is accused of murder by the law?
It was so thrilling for me to portray such a character, one who has nothing but love and patriotism in his heart. But a crime is a crime… This film will leave you thinking twice about the legal system, the action of mankind amd the ability to do the right thing at the right time.
It’s one of those films that people will argue about on their way out of the theatres, questioning each other on what they would do, given the same circumstances and what would they have done if they were on ‘that jury’.
Q. The year has so far been extremely kind to you. Your reaction to “Airlift” and “Housefull 3” being big hits?
You make it out like I wasn’t deserving enough to have a kind year!!! I personally couldn’t have wished for a better response to one of the most patriotic films I’ve ever made.
Q. You mean “Housefull 3”?
I see my comedies have helped critics loosen up. But jokes aside, “Airlift” made me feel proud to be Indian. As for “Housefull 3”, I love the fact that one of my favourite franchises can still bring so much laughter to the crowds, people let their hair down and let out whoops of laughter in the theatres. It’s the heartiest feeling in the world. What better feeling than to make people happy?
Q. Another semi-new director in “Rustom”. What made you see a spark in Tinu Suresh Desai?
Anyone that makes the grade with Neeraj Pandey (he has produced “Rustom”) is all good by me. Neeraj’s standards of filmmaking and his script sense are irreproachable. So Tinu had my full faith from day one. I’ve not regretted my instincts for a second.
Q. Isn’t it difficult for a new director to guide you?
Tinu has pulled all of us together into one creative vision so fast and so well that I take my hat off to him. He’s a producer’s director and he doesn’t mess about for a moment. He would forget to say hello to you as he had to be so engrossed with his work. But his practicality always brings him back to reality. Speedy man, fast paced, exactly what I like in my directors, when they know what they want and get it come hook or by crook, they get their shot.
Q. Yet another new leading lady for you in “Rustom”. What was Ileana like as a co-star? What impels you to work with so many new girls?
What impels me is change. Keeping my audiences intrigued is a very important part in keeping them interested in my career. When I star opposite a fresh face, the audience has no idea what kind of connection we will have.
Q. What about Ileana?What about her? Ileana is a pleasure to work with of course. She has a competitive edge about her, but laced with a charming exterior. She likes to push herself in her scenes, and takes a demanding day on the chin. “Rustom” may not be a physically taxing movie but it was certainly emotionally draining for all of us.