Till date, only Bollywood’s male stars are known to have signed profit-sharing deals with producers. But recently, reports suggested that Deepika Padukone has struck a profit-sharing deal with the producers (Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan) of her upcoming film, Finding Fanny Fernandes, which has been shot in Goa.
Interestingly, however, Saif’s wife Kareena Kapoor Khan — who visited the HT office along with her Gori Tere Pyaar Mein co-star Imran Khan on Thursday, November 14 — isn’t really interested in “profit-sharing agreements.”
When asked about Deepika’s supposed deal, Kareena replied, “Has she (signed a profit-sharing deal)? We are producing the film. Personally, I have not even thought about it. I think actors get paid what they deserve. Also, a lot of things depend on what the project is and what the deal is. I am happy with what I get paid.”
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Imran Khan talk about their chemistry and future plans ahead of their film's release:
Kareena, are you into cricket?
Kareena (KKK): No I’m not. I just pretend to be.
Aamir Khan was at the stadium.
Imran (IK): Aamir is nuts about cricket and tennis. You have to see him during Wimbledon.
KKK: Wimbledon is nice. There’s champagne and smoked salmon. So everybody is bothered about Wimbledon and I’m only bothered about the perks of watching.
Tell us about your character in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein (GTPM).
KKK: My character is a social activist, who fights for a better India, but in a fun way, not in a Satyagraha way.
Kareena, which causes would you associate with in real life?
KKK: I think anti-smoking and anti-corruption. Now, it sounds pretty dated to even say that you’re against corruption. Also, the inequality between men and women in India and the class system bothers me.
What about you Imran?
IK: For me it has always been youth issues. I find it strange that in a country largely dominated by people under the age of 35, youth issues are under represented and often sealed as frivolous. For me, the issue was always one of civil liberties and I believe that if you are in a democratic country, it is your right and sometimes your duty to step up and challenge your government.
Do you drink?
IK: Yes, I do. Currently,
unfortunately, it has been cut out from my life, along with salt and oil.
In the film, your character goes to a village to win her over, right?
IK: He moves to this village and he builds a bridge. She is trying to get a bridge built but is facing opposition from local politicians. My character comes in to help her.
In real life, what extents have you gone for love? Any instances of what you’ve done for your wife?
IK: Avantika will be disappointed because the least dramatic things have happened for her. Our relationship has been very smooth sailing, not a lot of drama required.
What about you Kareena? What have you done?
KKK: I don’t think I’ve done anything that crazy.
You say that both of you were in-sync from day one as you had already built a rapport in your previous film. How was it this time?
IK: It was easier this time. In our last film, there was an obvious break-in period when we had to figure out each other’s styles and get to know one another. Over here we hit the ground running. I knew what to expect in a scene with her. We had a lot of fun.
KKK: I like Imran because he’s the only actor who likes English shoes and Saif likes them too. So Imran, if you ever change your footwear, you should know, you’ve been struck off my list.
Imran, how was the experience of working with Punit Malhotra since this was your second film with him?
IK: I had a clearer idea of what he wants from me. So when I read a line, I know how he wants me to deliver it. He knows me so he is able to get things the way he wants. Apart from that, he has grown a lot as a director. His control as a director is much better. His craft has matured.
Kareena you have been in the industry for 13 years now. What are you looking forward to in terms of roles?
KKK: Like I always say, I am very passionate about acting. It’s just there in my DNA. I want to keep acting. I love it. I love to play different parts. I want to romance an actor at the age of 60.
But, how about the age factor?
IK: There is a general perception. But, in my mind it’s not. It’s just a number.
Imran, will you want to be a part of production?
IK: Yes, of course. At some point you will find a film where you want to have more say and give inputs.
Imran would you rather launch your own production house or revive Nasir Hussain Films?
IK: Both. I would initially do something under my own name because frankly, I am scared of gambling on my grandfather’s name. He has spent his lifetime building a reputation. Nasir Hussain Films has a certain legacy. If I make a film and screw up, my name can fall very well. But, I can’t tarnish his name. So, I will gamble when I am very sure.
If you want to remake any of your grandfather’s films which one would be that?
IK: I feel some of his earlier stuff like Dil Deke Dekho (1959). That was a very funny film. I think it will be an interesting space to revisit.
Do you get worried about the box office results?
IK: Yes, you are always worried. The way the film industry works is that one Friday you are up and the next Friday you are down. So, at every stage, with every single film, you are on edge.
KKK: All I can say is if my film is loved, it’s okay. I can’t go on grooming myself. Now, I just want to have fun. That’s the way I have always lived my life.
Kareena, would you ever look at any other aspect of film-making?
KKK: Never! I have no idea of what they do.
Any other passion besides acting?
IK: I always wanted to be a film-maker. I accidentally stumbled into acting. Acting happened when I stumbled into Abbas’s (Tyrewala) office.
Kareena, you seem to have slowed down in terms of the number of films.
KKK: It’s just because I have given 200 days to Karan Malhotra for Shuddhi. I have signed a contract. I have never done that in my entire career. It’s
a big project shot on a very large scale. We are shooting across two time periods. So, it will take a lot of time.
Has marriage mellowed you down?
KKK: Saif has mellowed me down.
Imran, your wife does cameos in your films sometimes.
IK: It’s not just Avantika, it’s a lot of my friends. In the song, ‘Aunty ji’ Bosco is the singer and there are three girls in the background. One of them is my best friend’s girlfriend, the other is Avantika’s best friend and the third is my hair stylist. In all my films, I like to have friends of mine popping in here and there.
Is Avantika in GTPM?
Kareena you were part of the first Rs. 200 crore film (3 Idiots; 2009) and now so many actresses have joined that club. What are your thoughts about it?
KKK: It’s good. It just goes to show that there’ll be `300-400 crore films in the future and actors will get paid more.
Imran, what is the status of your PIL?
IK: Currently, the Bombay High Court has directed the Maharashtra State Government to respond to my petition.
— Transcribed by Alfea Shaikh, Anirban Das, Arundhati Chatterjee and Sumedha Deo