So, all set to turn producer?
Yeah, we should have the cast in place by August-September. I plan to start filming by March. Pravesh Kumar who’s based in London is directing the romantic comedy. It is based on one of his hit plays. So it’s a tried-and-tested formula. He’s presently in London, scouting for locations, while I’m doing recce in Bombay.
Will Lara Dutta feature in it?
(Long pause) We’re toying with some interesting names. It’s a fairly big project so I will call in some favours.
Will you be acting in the film?
No, I already have a role to play, that of a producer.<b1>
So has acting taken a backseat?
, I was down in Hyderabad for 35 days for Sanjay Gupta’s
. Then, I’m off to Sydney for
Main aur Mrs Khanna
Acid Factorylooks like another
It’s not. These five guys are not out to rob a bank. They work in an acid factory that’s gone defunct. It’s an action thriller with a difference. I’ve reinvented myself.. grown my hair. It’s shoulder length but in future I intend to cut it, close to the scalp. I don’t even mind going totally bald if the role is great.
You’ve also got yourself a sixpack
I got myself a six-pack 15 years ago. Since I was in school, I was into fitness. (Laughs) But it was no big deal till King Khan (Shah Rukh) showed off his torso.
Dus Kahaniyaanwas a disappointment.
Sex on the Beach
was received well. But it was a new format. And short films don’t work here. The audience wants a two-hour-10-minute complete film for their money’s worth..
What are you doing in
Main aur Mrs Khanna?
It’s a one-scene appearance. I’m doing it for Salman and Sohail Khan who are dear friends.
Except for Sohail and Vatsal (Seth), all of us have five-10 minute cameos in the film. But we will make our presence felt.
And what was the motivation behind accepting a song in
(Laughs) It’s not just any song. Much as I hate the word item, it is an item number. Preity called, and I couldn’t say no.
Were you invited for the IPL matches?
Yeah, Priety wanted me to come and cheer for her Mohali team. But I was working.
Hey, I may have become super selective of late but I’ve been working. In the past I did some movies for money. Had it not been for some of the films, I might have packed my bags and vanished long ago. But now I’m better off financially and I want to work with banners who can push the film.
After one paint ad your company’s been sitting quiet.Why?
We’re in talks with big production houses. It’s not easy breaking into the advertising world. Meanwhile, we have big plans for Crepe Station. Over the next three-four years we plan to open 100-150 outlets. Resto bars, expresso joints, cafés.. we’ll be everywhere.
And what about love and Lara?
I’ve been told that I should be open about my relationships. But I’d rather say say “No comments” and let people speculate.
Are you and Kelly Dorje still friends?
Well, there’s no animosity between us. Dissapointed?