By: Upala KBR, Mid-Day
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Feroz Khan has always treated Banglore as his second home.
He has a sprawling ranch in the Garden City, and now he is donning the hat of a builder with his new pet project.
The stylish filmmaker has bought land adjoining his farmhouse and will soon be setting up residential villas there.
Speaking from Bangalore, the actor told us, "I have invested in real estate in Bangalore adjoining my ranch.
I've been wanting to do this for the last couple of years, but I finally managed to get the time this year."
No Zeenie in sight
Last year, Khan launched the remake of Qurbani with son Fardeen, but then the plan got shelved. "We couldn't finalise the other hero and the lead actress.
Then Fardeen became busy with his films and I couldn't take his dates so I had to put my film on hold. Now, I have got busy with this real estate project and the film's got delayed because of me," Khan laughs, adding, "But I do intend starting Qurbani sometime in July."
Kurbani got stalled because there was no heroine available with bulk dates. "Yes, finding a heroine and the second hero has been difficult and I have been oscillating between Goa, Mumbai and Bangalore, but we should start Qurbani this year.
I have finished recording two songs, but I still have to find my Zeenat..."
Talking about his property plans, Khan reveals that it is strictly for residential purposes.
"I am not building a hotel. I am building 30 Spanish villas, some of which I shall be selling, and some which I might be keeping for myself and for my friends.
I also have my own ranch there, where I breed race horses."
For the last few years, Feroz has stayed away from the races. "Now, my interest is limited only to breeding horses.
I didn't go to the Derby or the Poonawala races this year. Other interests have declined as my horses have become slower and the women faster," he laughs.
When asked if he has other partners on the projects, the actor isn't forthcoming. "It's too early to divulge details right now.
We should be finalising everything in the next couple of months. Things are still in the initial stages," he says.
So will he be giving competition to his younger brother, Sanjay, who owns the Royal Palms Resort in Bangalore? Khan grins, "Competition is healthy.
My project is 10 km from Sanjay's resort. But our projects are totally different. Mine is a residential layout, while Sanjay's is a resort."
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