You've been a part of a lot of multi-starers but your next film Heroes seem to be your biggest ever release. What say? Yes it is. Heroes is directed by Samir Karnik and it is his biggest ever film in terms of scale and cast. It's my biggest every multi-starrer after Dus Kahaniyaan.
Will the real hero describe what the reel Heroes is all about?
Sure! Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Mithunda and I form the cast of Heroes. Strangely, all of us are doing cameos for 15 minutes each. But our stories are what the film is all about. Salman, Sunny, Bobby and I play army officers who've been fighting at the frontier and what happens to them and their lives is what Heroes is all about. For instance, Salman's wife is Preity, but what happens to her? Mithunda plays my father. So what happens to him? Bobby and Sunny are brothers and one of them dies. So what happens to the other brother? I immediately said yes to the script after Samir narrated me the story.
Usually such kinds of films with army men fighting for their country are based on real life incidents. Is Heroes based on a true-life story?
Heroes is based on a few true facts about what the army officers do before they go to war. When you watch the movie, you'll realize. It's not giving out any message or something, but it's just a really nice story. It's too early to reveal anything right now.
Your journey from Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi to Dus Kahaniyaan has truly been experimental. And now with producers and directors trying different subject and genres, is it a deliberate move from your side to be a part of different cinema?
I wouldn't say that. There are producers/directors who are experimenting. When they want me to be a part of their experiment and if it really excites me, I'd definitely want to be a part of it. For me, it's the movie, it"s who I am working with, which matters the most. Sometimes a newcomer might bring you a great story but he or she may not have the right backing. So a production banner and who you are working with is of vital importance.
Talking about genres in films, we've seen you more often in thrillers and romantic comedies. Aren't you hungry to try something different?
Right now, I am looking forward to do action. Action is what I want to get into. I am missing this particular genre very much. As a matter of fact, I should be doing two good films this year out of which one is with Sanjay Gupta called Acid Factory. I am comfortable doing romantic comedies, but honestly speaking, I am bored with thrillers.
We also hear that you are a part of Jahnu Barua's film titled Har Pall. Brief us on that. I am only doing a song in Har Pall. Preity Zinta asked me on behalf of the producer and the director to do a song with her. It's an item song and I am the new male item Hero (Laughs). It's a great club song with me, Preity and Isha Koppikar in it.
How content are you seeing your upward graph?
You know, I am never happy. I want to always try and do better and reach out for more. I am never content. When it comes to my work, it's just my ambitious nature that I want more. There never is enough. I want to do everybody's role, but as they say - the grass is always green on the other side. Someone's role is always better than the other.
We also hear you are doing the remake of Anamika with your good friend from the film fraternity, Anant Mahadevan. Is that true?
No. It's a rumor. It's just that the film is titled Anamika and that's it. It's not a remake. It's a romantic thriller drama, which is shot and made really interestingly. That's Anant genre and he enjoys making thrillers. Anamika should release in May this year.
From your professional side to your business ventures. How's that shaping up?
I started the Crepe Station Cafe as a venture with my brother. He runs it now. We've got 4 branches in Mumbai and our aim in the next five years is to open 50 to 100 more all over India. That's what my brother has to work on. I can't take time off my acting nor give it up coz that's what I love.
What's the next big thing happening?
Eight packs are in and six are out. Just kidding! It is called Clockwork Films. That's the name of my production house. I am busy with it, as we will be producing our first film as soon as I have a team ready. At the moment, we are making Ad-films. I have been in the film industry since a decade. I know what happens behind the scenes, I know the production side of things. So getting into production was the next big step for me and as I mentioned earlier, I am ambitious and want to try something new.
You are into films. Your elder brother is into hotel and restaurant business. What the younger brother up to?
Well, he has studied filmmaking in L.A. He is currently assisting Kunal Kohli in his next film. He still has to decide whether he wants to take up acting or direction. But whatever his decision is, we both have decided to take our production house further.