Interview: ‘Arjun, Emraan nervous about intimate scenes’

By Hindustan Times

After a hit like Jannat 2 (2008), why did you choose to do a two-actress film, Raaz 3?
Initially, I wasn’t sure about Raaz 3 because I felt it was too soon to do such a strong role. I thank Kunal Deshmukh (director of Jannat 2) who suggested my name to Vikram (Bhatt, Raaz 3 director) and Mukesh sir (Bhatt, producer of Raaz 3). They believed that I could pull it off.

You play a superstar in the film. How do you think the life of a superstar is in real life?
In the film, there’s a senior actor (Bipasha Basu) and I play an upcoming, in-demand actor, who makes others insecure. I don’t know about real superstars, as I am not one yet (laughs). I clean my own utensils, my house and I even travel alone. I don’t know what the life of a superstar is like.

After Jannat 2, you have intimate scenes in Raaz 3 and in Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuh, opposite Arjun Rampal.
I don’t know why people make such a big issue about intimate scenes. The media harps on about it, which makes it more difficult for actors. In fact, Arjun and Emraan (Hashmi)are equally nervous about those scenes because if they aren’t treated well, the scenes can look vulgar. We treated them just like we would treat a tragic or comic scene.

What kind of interaction did you have with your co-star Bipasha Basu?
Bipasha and I don’t have many scenes together. But she is my senior and I have been a fan since Jism (2003). I was in awe of her. I couldn’t believe I was hugging and chatting with her.

Was it a conscious decision to play a glamorous actor in Raaz 3 and then a cop in Chakravyuh?
Both roles are acting oriented. The makers had faith in me to pull off these tough roles, so why would I turn them down? I don’t know how exactly my role will turn out to be in Chakravyuh, as I know the basic story but not the whole script, but I’m certain it will stand out. I hope the film brings enough attention to the issue of Naxalism.

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