Arya Babbar, after the IIFA weekend, is back in Sri Lanka to shoot for Anees Bazmee’s Ready. Quiz him on the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) threat to launch a non-cooperation motion against the film and ban it in all the four Southern states for its choice of location and Raj Babbar’s son prefers to play dumb.
“The producers must have given the subject some thought and decided to go ahead with the venue. This is the first Bollywood film that’s being shot in the picturesque country and the government is being really cooperative,” Arya informs, long-distance from Colombo, adding with a laugh, “The Lankan women are really beautiful.”
Working with Salman Khan is an “awesome” experience, he gushes, “Salman is so chilled out; I’d love to do another film with him”. The actor is playing the negative lead in a Bengali film, alongside Prosenjit Chatterjee and a comic character in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan.
“I want to do diverse roles. I got Guru and Jail by myself. Ready was the first script that was offered to me.” Arya is writing a comic book series tentatively titled Pushpak Vimaan that will be launched by Vimanika Comics soon. “I had emailed my idea to Shekhar Kapur who loved it and initiated the process,” he says.
Babbar believes his stay in Sri Lanka will give his story credibility, since it’s a take on the Ramayana. “Karan Vir Arora of Vimanika Comics has been sending me character sketches and I’m approving of them over emails. It’s a mix of mythology, history, and archaeology,” he points out.
“I’ve raised questions like if the Pushpak Viman that flew Ram to Lanka is true, why do we consider the Wright Brothers to be the first airplane flyers?”