The President Is Coming - Did the title itself
make you go for it?
Not really, I just heard one reading and was sold on it!
But didn't it make you wonder whether a title like this
would restrict the market reach of the film?
I don't worry about things like that. That's too boring since it's the producer's job!
With a subject like this, how comfortable or worried
were you about it's acceptance with the audience?
I really wasn't thinking of all that. First and foremost it has to appeal to me and it did, so I went ahead with it.
The movie derives itself from a play by the same name.
Have you seen the play?
Yes, but I only saw it after the shoot was over. That's because most of the cast is the same and they were busy shooting for the movie to have any shows.
Didn't you feel apprehensive about the fact that a play
was being adapted into a film?
No, in fact I was delighted to be considered for the role.
Most of the cast in the film comprises of actors who
were in the play. Did you feel inhibited that you were an
Well, I did feel a bit inhibited at first because they're all so talented and knew the content so well from before. But all of them are very warm and charming and it was great fun working with them because they're all mad!
However, it must have turned out to be quite helpful
eventually with those people around who have been a part of the
play. Didn't it?
Yes it was. They knew my character better than I did (smiles)!
Didn't it require some convincing for you to be acting
in a film which is helmed by a debutant director (Kunal Roy
No! I have worked with many first time directors who are talented. Often third or fourth time directors make disasters also!
Coming to the film, is it an out and out
Yes, but it's not slapstick humour.
The film is about the quest to meet President Bush. In
real life do you carry such aspirations?
(Laughs) Are you mad?!
In real life, how far would you really go in your desire
to meet someone, be it a celebrity or a common man?
Not very far, because I'm very lazy.
How much was it required for you to know President Bush
to act in the film?
Not at all.
The film's language is essentially English. That must
have come naturally to you, right?
Yes, I'm most comfortable in English.
Looking at reality TV making inroads into Indian home,
doesn't it further help the film's cause?
I hope so but this is unlike any reality TV I've seen. However, honestly I haven't seen much of reality TV.
Coming to the work you are doing, do you feel that some
of the most offbeat/unconventional projects keeping falling in your
Yes, I've been lucky to have been offered these kinds of movies.
But after a Laaga Chunari Mein Daag or a Aaja
Nachle, do you ever feel like being a part of a mainstream song and
dance routine flick again?
Not really. It's not about the song and dance; it's about the script, the director, the part and the crew that makes a film fun and special.
Fashion just saw a release and has been seeing terrific
acclaim. Though you have a one minute appearance in the film,
didn't you ever feel - 'If only I could have bagged a larger
Not at all!
On a parting note, can't help but ask this question -
When are you and Ranvir going to say - 'I Do'?
(Smiles) I DO not know.