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Monday, October 30, 2006
At a grand event yesterday, Shah Rukh Khan unveiled India's First Mobile Games designed by Hungama Mobile on his latest movie Don and the first ever Multiplayer Online Game for any Bollywood movie on India's only Multiplayer gaming portal, gaminghungama.
IndiaFM caught the Don in an exclusive mode to check his techno-quotient and his gaming prowess. Over to the King Khan...
You are a known game freak. What games do you play?
I think it is wonderful. I play every game that comes out. I make it a point to find out which new games have come out. I have children at home who are obviously in to gaming. The game which we are playing these days is Smack Down versus Raw. These games need a lot of learning. Between me, Farhan and Ritesh, we play Soccer World Cup FIFA 2006. That was our favorite game.
Do you play downloadable games or CD games?
I don't download games. I won't lie. I always have computer. You can download most of the stuff if you are on the move. Most of the telephone services offer a semi broadband kind of a thing. So one can download stuff on your PC.
What do you feel of Don and Don Game designed by Hungama Mobile?
Don as a film has been targeted to a certain segment of audience in mind. It is supposed to be able to woo and explain to youngsters what great actors and great directors had done years ago and perhaps introduce the whole thing to them. We are trying to bring cinema relevant to youth from 15-25. That's why it is also relevant for us to something related to gaming. These are all realities. These are what youngsters do now whether it is on the telephone or the computer or some console. And that's why a tie up between Don and a game foray.
As Don's title suggests that it is a movie about chase - The Chase Begins, which lends itself to turn it into a game. This has been happening for the last few years. Gaming I remember has been attempted on telephony and computers for the last few years. This is now suddenly coming of age. It is becoming quite real and people are really downloading games. I would not deny the scope of other films to be converted into games, like say Krrish. I feel it is a marvelous movie to turn it into a game. A Chalte Chalte can't become a game or a Paheli cannot be a game. But a Don surely can be. Some movies do lend themselves for game. And I think this year with Krissh, Don will be the most relevant game. And I do not say this because it is my movie. I am talking of what games I would like play based on a movie. 100% Don will be on top of my list. That is why I think this coming together is a good thing.
Should more games on films come out?
With many gaming companies coming in, they keep the interest level of the film high. They should release games of the movie before the movie releases, like in abroad. But this is just the beginning. They need to keep on building the film and not just releasing it and leaving it. The media will also get more news then.
Is gaming a good marketing strategy?
Gaming is a very good way of marketing. It is a skill which I feel everyone should use. I had even planned all these ideas during 'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani' but at that time I was criticized. My next film is 'Chak De India' which is again a sports based film. That lends itself to games and all. I would be game if Yashji or Adi bring in a game on that theme.
How did you like the game designed by Hungama Mobile?
I have not yet played the game. I will play it once I get home. I have just downloaded it on my mobile. But I am sure this game will be fantastic. It wont be as graphically sound as you would get on a console but this is just the beginning. I have been told this is a multiplayer game. So I would ask everyone to see Don and play the Don game or vice a versa. The whole game is related to the film. There is a fight sequence on the Petronas, there is a fight sequence with Priyanka, there is a question and answer section also. So it is an interesting game.
Which is better, car chase or fighting?
I think the car chase is always a little more attractive game. It is easier. The easiest part of the game would be to play the game on question answers. The car chase will definitely be the most interesting one.
Will you play this game with your kids?
Surely! I will go home and play with my kids. They will be very excited to play the game. They were excited to see the film, now they will be excited to play the game also.
Any specific plans for your birthday which is only few days away?
No. There are no special plans for my birthday. I will just be with my family. Nothing special that I have planned.