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In his journey from a music director to a singer and then to an actor Dhokla Boy Himesh is climbing the ladder of success real fast. After Aapka Suroor he is now going to be seen in the remake of Karz playing Rishi Kapoor's character. What justice he does to the character of Monty, will be seen on the 17th of this month.
Tell us something about your forthcoming film Karz?
My Karzzzz is actually the remake of Subhash Ghais film Karz. In that film Rishi Kapoor plays the role of Monty while I play the same in this film. The difference between the both of us is only that he is a legend and was the best looking Monty while I'm the worst looking one. But then to I have tried my best and my efforts would show their true colours only after the release of the film.
What would you like to tell about the music of the film?
The music of the film is widely appreciated., especially the songs Tandoori nights, Loot jaawa, Ek haseena thi and Hari om seems to have become the favourites The song loot Jawaz is not there in the original film but I have tried to make this song on the title track of the Karz. These songs are mostly played at the clubs and for parties. Rishi Kapoor and Subhash Ghai have personally appreciated the music and I feel honoured.
Tell us something about your character?
The name of my character in this film is Monty who is shown as a very serious kind of a person whose intention is to take revenge from Kamini. The character of Monty has a lots of shades to it and ive tried to do justice to the role now lets see what the audiences have to say. Moreover I also want to see whether a common man can become an actor or not.
How hard have you tried to play the role of Monty?
I gave up on pizza, On ice-cream infact I gave up; on eating completely. Everytime I would be hungry I would either eat khakra or rotis made of organic wheat and this is how I lost weight. When I had turned a singer from music director I dint have to worry about my looks but now that I have ventured into the field of acting I had to work on my looks too. My sister has also done a lot of hard work on my makeover; right from my hairstyle to my wardrobe she made sure everything was different and unique. This is how an ugly looking guy was transformed into a good-looking guy to play the role of Monty.
According to you how intensely have you performed the role of Rishi kapoor?
I don't think I have succeeded in doing the role very intensely as Rishi Kapoor was a professional actor and I'm not. I have just idolized him in my heart and gone ahead with my performance it's the same way like I create music form my heart and then sing it. Just like an ordinary lay man, like an audience I have tried my best.
Do you think you will be successful in erasing the image of Rishi Kapoor as Monty from the minds of the viewers?
That's impossible. If I'm successful in achieving at least one percent of what he did I would feel honoured. He is a legend. But I think if the role of Monty is played in a different way then people would definitely find it interesting.
The film was shot in Kenya and South Africa how was the experience?
It was quite a nice experience. I went to gamble over there and lost all my money and from then decided that I would never ever gamble again. I also got sunstroke there.
What's with the song Tandoori nights? It sounds different.
Yes coz I dint sing it through my nose. Actually the time I was following a strict diet instead of tandoori, grill food and grill paneer I had to eat boiled potatoes and boiled vegetables. At bedtime I would miss all these dishes. I was feeling so low about things that I ended up making this song Tandoori night. Surprisingly the viewers are appreciating the song. Anyways; Himesh Reshammiya is back after a year so the music is bound to be a hit but I now I need to prove myself in my acting.
Along with a music director you are a singer as well as an actor, in which of these do you find yourself the most comfortable?
I think I'm bitten by the acting bug which will not allow me to do anything else now. Honestly speaking I myself am in a confused state of mind at present. Actually everyone has this hidden talent in them but by the grace of god and my viewers I have tried to bring it out. The viewers will decide my fate on the 17th of this month.
Your first film Aap Ka Suroor was a hit, what do you think about this film?
There's nothing that I have to say, each film has its own fate. I know one thing that I'm still the same simple Dhokla Boy and that's the truth which I can't deny.
Which are your other forthcoming films?
Apart from this my other releases are Kajrare, A new love story, Gujju and Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh. A serious character in kajrare, A tapori in A new love story, A double role in Gujju,one by the name of Karsanlal Tikadamlal Gandhi and the other named Kisno Boy Aakash. A love triangle in Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh.