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His words are crisp and blunt - but his work boasts of immense passion. Emerging as a better performer with each passing film, Bobby Deol has a lot to look forward in 2007 with three big releases (Shakalaka Boom Boom, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Apne).
You play an established singer in this film...
Yes, I am playing a singer. For someone like me who you can't sing, it is a great opportunity to play a singer. Actors who get to play such different kinds of characters are indeed lucky. Himesh Reshammiya has given the music and his music has always been successful and good. So there are some very nice tracks in film like the title track Shakalaka Boom Boom and then there is another track, the slower track in the film, that's a very nice song.
Do you have negative streaks in your character?
Yes. I play a very human character because every human has a lot of negativity inside him, and it depends on the situations and the predicaments he gets into. Accordingly he would choose to use either the evil side or the good side of him, to come out of a situation.
Upen Patel is playing a young singer, a newcomer. You guys have some kind of rivalry in the film
There is no rivalry but there is always competition in any profession you are in. Depending on how people you interact with and how they put you down, you react in a very negative force or in a positive force. You use the good side or the bad side to get back at that person. And my character is such that for him music is everything, it's his passion, it's the only thing he ever thinks, breath, eats, lives for. And so if someone comes in his way he is so obsessed that he doesn't think that he is wrong in his approach to get what he wants.
It's being rumoured that the film is based on the off-screen rivalry between Big B and SRK...
Based on the rivalry between Big B and SRK? That's bullshit news... it is completely bullshit and utter rubbish! I would never be a part of film which is trying to show other people's life in that manner. Shakalaka Boom Boom basically is a film which shows that in every profession there is rivalry, there is backstabbing, there are opportunists, and there are manipulators. These characters have been written keeping that in mind. That's how life is and so that's what the film is all about. People can identify with the characters in film.
The music is growing on people....
Well there are certain songs which are according to the situations, so they grow on you. There are certain songs which are instantly liked by people. There are some songs which I really liked instantly and there are some songs which I liked more after listening to them a few times.
Shakalaka Boom Boom is an unusual title. What was your first reaction when you heard it?
The amount of movies that are made in Indian cinema is so large that people are running out of titles. And to get a great title for a film which goes with the script is very difficult. But I think the title Shakalaka Boom Boom really gels with the film because it creates a tension. People want to know what it is all about and yet it is like a very musical line. So it goes with the film, and it is based on the music world. So I think it is an interesting title.
Celina, Upen, Kangana... all are newcomers. How was it working with them?
It was cool working with all of them. They are all people who are professional, very dedicated and they are very chilled out. So it was always good to work with people of that nature.
Shakalaka Boom Boom, Apne and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. You seem to be having a great year?
Right now I've started talking only about Shakalaka Boom Boom.
Only talking about Shakalaka Boom Boom. Okay what was your reaction when you heard the script for the first time?
Dude, how many reactions do you want to know of me?
We know you in many ways for your action roles.
I've not done an action film for a very long time actually. My last film that was a very big hit Dosti, which was the number one film in overseas and UK. That was a love and friendship story.
What are your expectations from Shakalaka Boom Boom?
I expect the world out of the film. I wish all my films do well. A film is like your child - you expect it to be the best when it grows up and when it comes in face of the world. So for me every film I do is like my baby. But that depends on lot of factors so I just hope and pray that people like the film. We put in a lot of effort, we have all worked hard and I just hope that we touch a cord in your hearts and you like the film because it's a film which is very humane - which is about people in real life.