about your character Shiven in Salaam-E-Ishq?
As the caption of the story suggests, there are 6 love stories in
Salaam-E-Ishq. In all the love stories there is one problem related to
love. The problem in my love story is the character himself. Shiven is
commitment phobic. He is engaged and suddenly starts getting a phobia
of commitment for the rest of his life. At a story level, this sounds
quite routine and also a bit clichéd because it seems like you have
seen this before. But what sets it apart is the characterization of
Shiven, a character that you have never seen before on screen
especially in Hindi cinema. The story of Shiven has been written,
conceived and shot in a very unique manner. Shiven is the character
I've had the most fun playing in my entire career.
Which is your favourite "jodi" in the Salaam-E-Ishq?
I think Anil (Kapoor) and Juhi (Chawla) make my favourite jodi in
the movie. Although all the tracks are fabulously written, Anil and
Juhi's track is the most realistic one because it has been written very
maturely. Even Govinda and Shannon are fantastic, so are Salman Khan
and Priyanka Chopra, and myself and Ayesha. But if I had to pick one
couple, it would be Anil and Juhi.
Give us your comments on the music of Salaam-E-Ishq.
I think Salaam-E-Ishq has the best music I have heard in the last 10
years. The album is outstanding. It is definitely Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's
best work till today. They have always done good work, be it Kal Ho Na
Ho or Dil Chahta Hai but this is their best work and also my favourite
album. It has very unique sounds, and Sameer's lyrics are also
fabulous. It is not the type which will become obsolete after a point
of time. You will want to pull out its CD even after fifteen years and
listen to the music.
What are your expectations from the film?
I have very high expectations from the film. Every once in a while
you see a movie that you like, and say that it is good. Then there are
films which make you say "Waah! This is what a great film should really
be like". Salaam-E-Ishq is like the latter.
How much do you personally believe in "ishq"?
I totally believe in "ishq". Love is what makes the world go round!
This is your 2nd film with Ayesha Takia after Shaadi Se Pehle. How
is she this time around?
I think very highly of Ayesha (Takia) as an actress. I feel she is
very good. She is very new to the industry but she brings a tremendous
maturity to her performance, which is commendable. She is a very
spontaneous actress, definitely not the one who thinks a lot before
each shot. Nine out of ten times it works for her. Especially in
Salaam-E-Ishq, her performance is very mature, subtle and understated.
But she has played the character just the way it should have been. As a
person Ayesha is a sweet and nice little girl, always smiling. I am
very comfortable working with her.
Tell us about your experiences working with Abbas-Mustan.
Abbas-Mustan are like family to me. We have great chemistry as
director-actor. At the end of the day, filmmaking is a very
personalized kind of business. It's a very people to people business,
so it is very important to make friends and like the people you work
with. Abbas-Mustan are more than just friends to me. We share a
wonderful relationship because we understand each other very well. We
are very comfortable working with each other. They know my strong
points as well as weak points, thus they are able to direct me very
Which projects are you doing with Abbas-Mustan?
I have done two films with them and I am going to be doing two more.
One will release in May-June next year and the other will release
towards the end of 2007. The first one which we have just finished
shooting is called Nakaab. It also stars Bobby Deol and a newcomer
Urvashi Sharma. Both of these films are thrillers, both having very
good scripts and I am very excited about them.
Which is your personal favourite genre of movies?
I don't have a favourite genre of movies but I wish Bollywood would
make more adventure movies. I am a big fan of spy films like Borne
Identity and the James Bond series. I would love to do such films.
What films will we see you doing in the future?
I have no idea what the future holds for me. But next year, I have
got a great variety of films which are going to be released. Another
movie I am doing is Mahatma Versus Gandhi which is an emotional drama
between Mahatma Gandhi and his eldest son Harilal. So I have got a lot
of different and exciting movies coming up in 2007.
Can you tell us something about Anees Bazmee's Autograph?
No, it is not happening.
There was a buzz that you were doing a film with your father Mr.
Vinod Khanna and your brother in the future.
No, that is not true.