Love stories good, but I want to experiment: Imran Khan

By Ruchika Kher

Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) Imran Khan is very much the Bollywood chocolate boy and he's happy that his fans adore him in romantic movies like "Break Ke Baad", but the actor wants to experiment with other genres.

"I am open to all kinds of roles. I would want to experiment with different genres of cinema. In some I will succeed and in some I may not, but that doesn't stop me from experimenting," Imran told IANS in an interview.

"People have loved me in love stories; so that is something I will continue to do but will also try to do different roles," he said.

Although Imran, who is superstar Aamir Khan's nephew, had a stint with showbiz as a child star in films like "Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak" and "Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander", he stepped into Bollywood as a leading man in the 2008 romantic comedy "Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na" directed by Abbas Tyrewala and produced by Aamir.

The film received rave reviews from critics and proved to be one of the biggest hits of the year. He later went on to do films like "Kidnap" with Sanjay Dutt and Minissha Lamba, "Luck" with Shruti Haasan and more recently "I Hate Luv Storys" with Sonam Kapoor and "Break Ke Baad" with Deepika Padukone.

While the 27-year-old's romantic ventures set cash registers ringing at the box office, his action stints failed to pull off. Imran, however, has managed to create a huge fan base and has made a mark in the industry.

With every success, does he feel more pressurised as an actor?

"Pressure on any actor, I feel, is always there even after 10 films. As actors, we all want our audience to like our work; so even if you ask me this question after five years I will say yes I want to work harder and harder to be loved by my audience," he added.

Another facet that Imran's career graph shows is his association with mainly debutant directors.

Asked if he ever felt skeptical while working with a newcomer, the actor clarified: "Working with new directors was not planned in any such manner. It kept coming my way and I took it up. I never had any doubts about any of the new directors I have worked with. They all sounded confident and moreover I liked the scripts."

Right now the actor is happy with the positive reviews his recent film "Break Ke Baad" has got.

Talking about the camaraderie he shared with co-star Deepika, Imran said: "Deepika is a fantastic person and very hard working. We have become very thick friends now."

"Everyone kept saying she is taller but you won't believe it we actually measured our height and I was an inch taller than her!" the actor proudly claimed.

Asked whether in real life he had ever taken a break from his nine-year relationship with fiancee Avantika Malik, Imran said he doesn't believe in breaks personally.

"I personally don't believe in the concept of a break. I believe either you are in a relationship or you're not. There is nothing like break. If the relationship isn't working out, then one should opt out. It's something I don't understand," he said.

After a successful 2010, the actor is now looking forward to films like "Delhi Belly" and "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan" in the coming year.

(Ruchika Kher can be contacted at ruchika.k@ians.in)

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