'We live for appreciation'

'We live for appreciation'

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'We live for appreciation'

Imran Khan has a lot going for him. He is a talented 

actor with chocolate-boy looks and has been offered quite a few interesting roles of late. He says that with the influx of new film-makers and fresh storylines in the Hindi film industry, this is the best time to be a part of show business. 

“So many good and talented young directors, producers and writers are coming in. With the kind of films that are being made today and the kind of cinema that the audience has been supporting, we could not hope for anything else,” says the actor. 
“Whether it is Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola or ‘Delhi Belly’, if such kinds of films were being made 10 to 15 years back, they wouldn’t have worked at the box-office,” Imran says. He adds that an actor lives for audience appreciation, and that is what he also looks forward to through all his projects. “An actor always wants to do something different. We live only for appreciation from the audience. We want the audience to like and appreciate our work and we want them to remember every role we do. That is what every actor is trying to do,” Imran says, adding, “I want people to remember the roles that I do. But ultimately, success or failure is not in our hands. We don’t know what will happen (with any film).”

Imran made his Bollywood debut with the 2008 film Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na.  He was later seen in films like ‘Kidnap’, ‘Luck’, ‘I Hate Luv Storys’, ‘Delhi Belly’, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and most recently, in Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. Imran admits that he chooses to do only those films he thinks he can enjoy as a viewer. “I just ask myself a question — ‘As a viewer, will I be going to watch such a film?’ If I get a positive feeling, I just get on to it,” says Imran, who will soon be seen in a prominent role in ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2’.

Over the years, the business dynamics of the Hindi film industry have changed in a big way. Unlike earlier, when the success of a film was measured by its silver or golden jubilee run at the theatres, the fate of a film is now decided within the first three days of a movie’s release itself. Imran says, “20 to 25 years ago, only 300 prints of a film used to be released. 

Today, even if you release a small film, it will release with 600 prints, and big films will release in 2,500 to 3,000 screens. It is not about time; it is about how many people see the film.”

‘I don’t give ideas’

Choreographer-turned-director, Prabhu Deva, says that he isn’t an interfering actor at all. When he is in front of the camera, he forgets his directorial experience and focusses on simply acting. He admits that he never interfered while shooting for Remo D’Souza’s ‘ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance’, a 3D dance movie. “This is not the first film I am working on under some other director’s supervision. I am used to working like that. If I am acting, I will only act. 

I don’t interfere with other things and don’t give ideas. I go on the set, act and come back home,” the 39-year-old says frankly. Produced by UTV Spotboy, ‘ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance’ is said to be the country’s first 3D dance film. Apart from Prabhu Deva, the film features Salman Yusuff Khan, Kay Kay Menon, Ganesh Acharya, Dharmesh and Mayuresh. 

As an actor, Prabhu Deva did films like Kadhalan and Raasaiyya and directed hits like Pokkiri, ‘Wanted’ and ‘Rowdy Rathore’. According to him, Remo is a better director than a choreographer. “It becomes easy to work with him because he knows everything. So, there is no confusion,” he explains.
Set for his next film

VJ-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana is definitely on the rise. The one-film-old actor has been roped in to work in a Yash Raj Films’ project, which will go on floors next month. Just like his debut movie, ‘Vicky Donor’, the romantic comedy will also be shot in Delhi. “I am doing a film with Yash Raj this year. We will start shooting for the film from February 17,” he shares.

This film is touted to be a romantic comedy and in it, Ayushmann will be sharing screen space with tinsel town diva Sonam Kapoor. “I will be seen with Sonam Kapoor in the film. The entire film will be shot in Delhi. The film is a rom-com. It talks about the love between two people during the time of recession,” he adds. The film may release by the end of this year. “It is a realistic script written by Habib Faisal. Nupur Asthana is directing it. I am not sure when the film will release, but I think by the end of this year,” wraps up Ayushmann.

Salman’s rule for endorsements

Super star Salman Khan, who has been given the first ever ‘Brand Endorser of the Year’ award, says that he has a certain ethic when it comes to brand endorsements — he promotes only those products which he uses. “I endorse only those products that I use,” Salman says.

 The 47-year-old actor has endorsed a number of products and is also the brand ambassador of some companies. “When I endorse a product, that means I am telling the public that you should also wear it, eat it or use it. If I do not use or consume any product, I will not endorse it,” he adds. 

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