New Yorkwas a hit. Are you happy with the result?
(Smiles) Completely. It turned out to the satisfaction of the entire crew and broke the spell of non-business films. The trade believed it worked because of the advantage of the multiplex strike that had just been called off... Sure. Whenever I do something good, people go overboard praising my work and saying, “Hey, can he do it again!” I don’t care who thinks what. It was a career defining role and film for me. People take me seriously as an actor now. If I were to do a post mortem of my career, 70 per cent of the films on my CV wouldn’t have existed and my success ratio would have been much higher. But I don’t care for smooth rides; I’m into off-road journeys. That’s why I took the risk of doing those 70 per cent films.
What’s the latest on
Hook Ya Crook?
We’ve one more schedule to go. We have to shoot with the Indian cricket team and probably also the South African team. Once they give us their dates, we’ll complete the film.
The film is complete, though we still haven’t thought of another title. We wrapped it up two months ago. Abbas (Tyrewala) wants to release it in June-July because that was when he released his
Jaane Tu Yaa Jane Na
two years ago. You took a cut in the profit and reduced your fee for the film.
Would you make such concessions for other projects, too?
Darling, I cut the cloth according to the length. I charge my fee according to the film I’m working on. I’m an economics student and I
understand fundamentals pretty well. I ensure that my price does not blow up the film’s budget.
Dostana 2is underway. The last time, you nearly took off your yellow shorts. What happens this time?
goes on the floor in June-July and what happens next I’ll leave to the imagination of all the girls who drooled over my yellow shorts. They can think what they please, some of it may actually happen.
Buzz is that you’re getting a lean look Alein Sahab?
Yeah, I’m not very lean now. I’m doing less work, so I have ample time to experiment with my looks.