In an industry where new destinies are written and re-written every Friday, it’s only fair that actor Imran Khan refutes any claims of feeling the pressure of being back on screen after a long gap.
The 32-year-old actor who took a paternity break for the birth of his daughter, Imara last year, says that he doesn’t let things like these bother him.
“My obituary was written in 2009 after Luck released. With I Hate Luv Storys, Delhi Belly and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, everyone said I was back and then Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara! and Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (2013) tanked. Soon enough, I was written off. Everyone said, ‘Imran toh khatam ho gaya, uska koi chance nai tha’. I have read my obituary twice already.”And it’s not just Imran. Even actor Ranbir Kapoor, who was once pitted against Imran, has had three back-to-back flops, and has come under severe criticism.
Kangana Ranaut and Imran Khan in a still from Katti Batti.
But Imran backs Kapoor, saying, “I haven’t spoken to him about this but I think it’s comical. Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman have all been around for three decades. In those 30 years, each one of them has given more than 10 flops. But they haven’t been written off,” he says, adding, “So it’s sad when people question an actor of Ranbir’s calibre when two of his films don’t work. What’s interesting is that the same people will praise him after one hit,” he says.
Watch his upcoming movie Katti Batti's trailer here: