Newsmaker Shah Rukh Khan on his movies and IPL moves.
Why have you pushed the release date of
Billoo Barberfrom November to early next year?
We could have worked round the clock and released
on November 21 but it would have been on the same day as Subhashji’s (Ghai)
And two weeks later, my
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
would be released. So I thought we should shift
for February 14 next year.
I won’t be in town in January. I’ll be shooting for Karan’s (Johar) film abroad. I want to be around during the release of
. Now I’ll have only one release this year,
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
belongs to Irrfan Khan, he’s the hero of the film but..(smiles) I’m there in a nice way.
Once you’d said that all the three Khans should act together. What’s your take on that now?
It’s not up to me to decide,
Aisa kuchh nahin hai
.. if it has to happen some day, it will. But I would like to work with Aamir one day. I always tell him that I’ve worked with every actor but with him. Anyway there’s time. (Smiles)
Abhi toh hum dono jawan hain aur dono ki body bhi achhi hai
The second season of IPL is coming up soon. Are you in touch with all that’s going on in the cricketing world?
I don’t work with IPL, I work for Knight Riders, that’s the company which we have. Yes, we have been working to get the administration and the cricket team in place.
But I don’t know how to do either.. it’s not in my line of work. So we have some experts looking into which player to choose and all that. . Last year was an experience to see kya hota hai. It’s a difficult business but that makes it thrilling.
What’s the game plan for Knight
That game plan is always done by the cricketing side. I can’t suggest which player to take and how to go about it..that’s done by experts.
I do look at the administrative side because it’s my company. We’re fixing up some specialists who know cricket, branding, and merchandising.. all this is new in India.
Last year, we had only one month to work on various aspects but now we’ve had more time on our hand. We’re the only team to organise five camps.
We already have one camp in Australia and three in India. So every year we’ve created a virtual Knight Riders Academy,we’re going to find talent across the world. Our main ideology is to offer an alternate platform of professional sports in India, inshallah.
What about Sourav Ganguly?
It’s his decision to take a retirement from test cricket but he’s our captain. I think Dada is busy right now but from January we will start taking all the decisions. My cricket team, including Dada, will sit down and decide upon which players we should include in Knight Riders this time. We’ll make a team of 20 players and then go ahead.
Don’t you ever get tired of it all?
Never.. (laughs) that’s why I’m a superstar