Imran Khan: Lock, Stock In Delhi!


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, June 28 -- Like all Aamir Khan productions, the plot of Imran Khan-starrer, Delhi Belly, has also been a closely guarded secret. Until now. Though rumours pegged it to be a sex comedy, on the lines of American Pie, Imran reveals that the movie is actually a "comic crime caper".

"I can't explain what Delhi Belly is about," Imran says. "The film is in Delhi what Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) was in London. It's about a bunch of guys who get caught in a situation. It's a similar genre to Lock, Stock... with the same treatment and language, but in a Delhi context."

The actor, who will be seen in I Hate Luv Storys (IHLS), which releases July 2, says he tries to maintain a balance between off-beat films like Delhi Belly and commercial ones. But, success in the latter matters more to him. "I make no bones about that fact. I want to do films in both spaces, but to do a Delhi Belly, which I did for creative satisfaction, I need to be a bankable actor, since people are putting money behind me," Imran says.

"Aamir gave a long spate of flops after Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988). I hope mine is shorter." Talking about his last two films Luck (2009) and Kidnap (2008) - both flops - Imran admits, "They had exciting scripts, but we fell short in making them." Though his upcoming releases IHLS and Danish Aslam's Break Ke Baad, are commercial flicks, Imran insists that, unlike his earlier work, he will not be seen playing a 'typical hero'.

"My character in IHLS is very real. He's got an irreverent sense of humour, he's entertaining and imperfect. Break Ke Baad is a romantic coming-of-age dramedy," he concludes.