big celebrity. And of course a superstar's brother. It's not an enviable place to occupy but it's the reality. I'm very closely related to two very successful people and I accept that happily," Arbaaz told IANS.
Sanjay Dutt, Amitabh Bachchan, Arbaaz Khan in a still from Shootout at Lokhandwala.
"I don't fight their presence in my life. I know their celebrity status is a reality in my life. I'm very closely connected to them. But I love my brother and my wife so much that I want them to grow from strength to strength. And though Salman is where he is on his own, I'd like to take some credit for where Malaika's success." <b1>
"We've been together for 14 years. Even before she was my wife and the mother of my child, I was very encouraging and supportive. I've always encouraged her to work. I've always believed, if you love someone then let that person occupy the space that makes her happy. That in turn, brings you tremendous happiness," he said.
Asked if he minds being forced to take a second position to his glamorous wife in public life, Arbaaz said: "Not at all. It's so strange. Before marriage people want everyone to look at their girlfriends. But after marriage they want to keep their wives locked way. I'm as proud of Malaika today as I was before we got married."
"All you need to do is be sensible about life and what it offers. By allowing yourself to get upset over matters such as these, you're only encouraging negativity to creep into your marriage."
He says he's clearly a better father than a husband.
"You go through so many roles in life. I may or may not have disappointed Malaika as a boyfriend and a husband, but not as the father of her child. I know for sure my son will grow up one day to say I was a great dad."
Arbaaz is happy looking after his son when Malaika is working.
"We want a baby girl in the near future, maybe next year. Right now we both have professional commitments to keep us busy. Life is such today that couples have to plan their baby for the right time," he said.
Arbaaz and Malaika have teamed up for an item number for Kannada filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh's first Hindi film Shaadi Ke After Effects.
"I play the lead in Lankesh's film Shaadi Ke After Effects. Malaika does an item song with me. Though Tara Sharma playes the role of my wife in the film, I loved being on screen with Malaika. Lankesh's comedy is the story of a married man with a roving eye. I dance and sing with Malaika in a dream song," the actor said.<b3>
But he insists he would never be in such a position off screen. Though he plays a jealous and possessive husband in Hansal Mehta's Woodstock Villa, Arbaaz is anything but that in real life.
As an actor he feels charged and ready to start a new phase in his career.
"I feel I wasn't focused enough. I've now taken the reins in my hand. I'm giving my 100 percent to my career. I won't have any regrets if I fail," said Arbaaz.
After the success of Shootout At Lokhandwala, he is looking forward to Lankesh's film.
"After Shootout... I am glad to be in a light-hearted film, on the lines of the seven-year itch. I'm trying to change my image with this film. I'm tired of being known as a serious guy. Close friends like Sajid Khan know me as a very funny guy."