"MKMJA shows that Marriages are not made in Heaven" - Arbaaz Khan


By Satish Sundaresan Bollywood Hungama News Network

This week sees the release of three films namely Dev D, Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye and Chal Chala Chal. However, this piece is about the man who by far may be envied by most men in the nation, he is the husband of one of the sexiest women in the industry, and he is none other than Arbaaz Khan. Bollywood Hungama caught up with this Khan to find out more about his forthcoming film Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye (MKMJA), his newly launched production house, about life and his forthcoming films. Here's presenting a free-wheeling conversation with the one and only Arbaaz Khan.

To start with, Arbaaz, accept our heartiest congratulations. You are on a roll these days with each role, with films like Jaane Tu..., Fashion and now Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye (MKMJA)... what say?
Yes. This is a very important phase of my career. Now, I am doing different kinds of roles. Initially I was only doing negative roles. But now, it's a mix bag of roles. To tell you a fact, I'm really very happy about this (phase).

What's your new film Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye all about?
It is a beautiful love story with a very interesting concept. It's a story about human relationships and dreams. It portrays the journey of the three principal characters played by Raima, Randeep and me. It's always said that 'Marriages are made in heaven', but this film shows that that may not be the case all the time. Sometimes marriages do happen because of pressures from the society. MKMJA is a very bold film in that sense and is about people who dream for a better life.

What's your role in the film?
I play Raima's husband in the film. It is the kind of character that anyone can easily identify with. It is neither completely black nor completely white. It has grey shades.

What was the most striking thing about the role that actually made you sign the dotted lines?
Actually, it was the desire to be part of a certain team or a certain script, or say for that matter, to work with a certain kind of filmmaker. The script of this film came across as very different and refreshing, as compared to some of my other work and I am only too glad to be part of it.

The promos of the film seem to portray you as the estranged and frustrated husband of Raima Sen. How different is it from any of the earlier characters that you have played till date (esp. in films like Daraar etc...)
Like I said before, the character in the film has a lot of grey shades in him. And at the end of the day, it is not about a good or a bad character or even a role, but it's about how you portray that role. As a professional actor, it is my job to perform well and put my best in to the role I have chosen. Strange as it may sound, but the fact remains that, in my career spanning around 40 films, there have been only 3 films, where I have played a husband! In Daraar, the character was over possessive, abusive and of a suspecting nature. In Fashion it is a man who has extra marital affairs, but in the end, it's his family which comes first for him. In MKMJA, it is about a typical man who is the bread winner of the house but is not very happy about this situation. Somewhere he feels that he is in a rut and that is why he is not attentive towards his family. It seems like he is in the marriage for all the wrong reasons.

Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye is about dreams and a dreamer. Are you a dreamer in real life?
See, everybody has dreams and the dreams can be anything. I too dream of being in a better place than what I am in at present, but at the same time I also strongly believe in living in the moment because reality is very different from dreams. Dreams and reality don't always match.

Do you get recurring dreams?
No…no recurring dreams for me!

How was it working with Raima Sen, your onscreen wife in MKMJA?
Working with Raima was simply great. She is a very competent actress, very receptive and absolute fun to be around. She doesn't have any airs about herself and is very down to earth. She is also a very warm and friendly person.

Arbaaz, are there any memorable incidents which on occurred the sets or while shooting for the film?
Well, frankly speaking, there's nothing much to speak about. All that I can say is that everyone shared a great rapport with each other and the atmosphere was very chilled out.

A strange question, but an interesting one. What was the difference working with 'Madhur' Bhandarkar and 'Madhurita' Anand, who also happens to be your first lady director, in Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye?
They do have very similar sounding names. One is Madhur and the other is Madhurita. It's true that this is the first time I am working with a woman director. If you notice both Fashion and MKMJA are basically woman-dominated films. Both the films have a woman as the central character. However, with Madhur, the film was made from a man's point of view to a certain extent, whereas MKMJA is made from a woman's point of view.

All the Khans and the Kumars (except for a few) have been bitten by the TV bug. Don't you feel that it's kind of strange that you have been spared so far? Is it your decision NOT to get into TV or is there a dearth of offers?
I do agree that TV has become a very popular medium. And I would certainly like to take it up if the right kind of opportunity comes. But as of now, I do not have time for a daily soap. What I would be bothered about is the quality of the offer. If it is something that suits my personality and image then, it becomes totally needless to say that I would definitely take it up.

Looking back in history, you have earlier done a TV serial 'Karishma- The Miracles of Destiny' with Arshad Warsi. After that, there was no news on your front on TV.
I did that serial about 5 to 6 years ago, when TV was in an experimental stage. 'Karishma' was the first big thing to happen to TV at that time with Karisma Kapoor making her debut in it. It also had a very international feel to it, somewhat on the lines of 'Dallas' or 'Dynasty'. Unfortunately, 'Karishma- The Miracles of Destiny' was something that did not work out but, it was certainly a learning experience.

Will it be right thing to say that Arbaaz Khan is satisfied with the way his career is shaping today or has shaped up till date?
I would say yes and no. To a certain extent, I am very happy about a lot of things. But at the same time, I feel there is always scope for making better choices. In the past, I was not very choosy about my work but I am more particular now.

The whole world by now, knows the artistic side of Salman bhai. What's that one art in you that the world doesn't know about Arbaaz Khan?
It has to be my singing. You can easily say that being a singer is my silent ambition and I do have a fairly decent voice.

Arbaaz, you are one actor who has portrayed both negative as well as positive characters with utmost ease. Which one of the two do you personally enjoy doing?
It is not about a positive or negative role, but about how well you play a certain character. I always try to make my performance as believable as possible. It is very important as to how well etched out the character is. But, of course, I would not play something as dirty as a rapist.

On a personal front, while Katrina says that Sohail is the wittiest of the three Khans, Malaika, your better half feels that you are more handsome than Salman. Do you agree with both?
Well, like they say, love is blind. Maybe that's why my wife says that her husband is the most good looking. I simply take it as a compliment.

You have worked with Salman Khan in Hello Brother and now you are working with Sohail Khan in Kissan. How was it working with your real life brothers in reel life?
It is simply fantastic. All of us share a great rapport and chemistry. We have done different films like Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na and Hello Brother and it was a great experience. Now, one needs to simply watch out for us in Kissan.

It's now national news that your dream venture 'Arbaaz Khan Productions' have announced your maiden venture that's being scripted-directed by Abhinav Kashyap (who is Anurag Kashyap's brother), and will star Salman Khan in the lead. Can you give us some more details on the same?
I wouldn't like to say much about that right now. All that I can say is that that the news is true. You will hear more about it in the middle of this year.

The Khan clan (you, Salman, and Sohail) are best known for their generosity and also to speak their hearts out. As well as for the fact that, the Khans think before committing. Having said all of that, let me ask you that, today, when you look back, do you feel that doing the Ponds ad was a mistake?
The Ponds ad, when in the conceptual stage, never seemed like a mistake. We had no issues with it. However, I think that things went wrong in the marketing stage and it turned out to be in bad taste. We don't feel guilty about it at all because we came out in the open about it.

You have also got a hard-hitting film called The Stoneman Murderers coming up. What's' the film all about?
It's a dark thriller based on a real incident that happened in Mumbai in the past. It's a fictionalized version of a story about a psychopath who goes around killing people. As you said, it's a real hard-hitting film.

Besides The Stoneman Murderers, what are your forthcoming films?
As of right now MKMJA, The Stoneman Murderers and Kissan.

Lastly, this month is the month of love, blossom and romance. In other words, the eternal month of the Valentine. On the eve of this day, what has been your most memorable V-day gift that you have ever received or given?
I wouldn't say any particular gift was special. For me every Valentine's Day is special and I can't really single out any one particular year. Being with my wife always makes it special for me.