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Too old for marriage

Filmmaker Sajid Khan says he can’t give up films to fall in love with a girl.

entertainment Updated: Feb 24, 2011 01:54 IST
Robin Bansal

He is successful, famous, talented and an eligible bachelor, but TV host-turned- filmmaker Sajid Khan is far away from getting hitched.
“I don’t know. I’m a bid too old for that. I’m 39 now. When a girl comes along, we’ll see,” says Khan casually, while sweating it out on his treadmill.

Isn’t that a clear indication of no interest?
“No. No. I’ll definitely get married. I’d love to get married. But my point is I need to meet a person who loves movies as much as I do. Because my first love is movies over and above any girl, which is a sad state of affairs for a 39-year-old successful filmmaker bachelor to be in,” quips Khan, known for his spontaneous humour.

And, if you thought films were the only reason keeping Sajid Khan away from tying the knot, hold on. Already filling this space are his sister Farah Khan’s triplets - Czar, Diva and Anya.
“I just love them. I’m crazy about them. They are a large reason for me to remain single, not get married and have kids of my own,” he reveals.

But doesn’t Farah and brother-in-law Shirish Kunder chivvy him to settle down?
“No ya. They gave up long time back when I had a bad time with my ex-girlfriends,” he laughs it away.

So does he and his director sister Farah ever advice each other on the professional front?
“Never. I never have and I don’t think I’ll ever will. And neither has she ever. She is such an accomplished technician and a big director herself. She doesn’t need any. In fact despite that sometimes just because I’m her brother, I pinch her arm to get her for my films and she always choreographs the dance in my films. Why should I look outside when I have the best in my family?” he says.

Currently on an award shows hosting spree as he has already anchored five out of seven events since January, he makes sure to not repeat himself.
“I don’t depend too much on a script. I like to keep it as different from each other and at the same time make sure people sitting at home are not disappointed. And it has to be very spontaneous. Television for me is completely without script including award ceremonies,” he reveals.

So is he planning a return on TV?
“Of course I am. I’d love to come out there and do it. But fortunately for me I have been trusted with big budget films with a lot of big actors. So there’s a lot of money involved and there’s a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. That’s my first love now,” he says.

And what about acting on the big screen?
“I wasn’t very interested in acting in films. Still I’m not. I’m a terrible actor. I couldn’t say no to Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate because Hrishi da had called me after seeing me in Kehne Me Kya Harz Hai. I did it because of the legend,” he confesses.

On the film front, he will be directing Housefull 2 and a film for Vashu Bhagnani. And Sajid couldn’t help but share his anecdotes about Housefull 2.
Housefull 2 is complete romantic comedy with a 10 times better screenplay than Housefull largely due to the fact that it is not a sequel. It is a brand franchise thing that we are moving ahead with. The characters also change. It has a new cast except Akshay Kumar, Riteish Desmukh, Chunky Panday and Randhir Kapoor. The new ones to join are John Abraham, Rahul Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandes and Asin. It’s a brand new story and comes out next year. It will be one of the most entertaining films of our time," he says excitedly.

Asked about Asin’s rumoured bikini scene in the movie, the director chose to stay tight-lipped.
He, however, said, “For that you have to wait and watch.” Throwing light on the Vashu Bhagnani’s multi-starrer, he adds, “It’s a full on action entertainer with lots of comedy.”

Not many know that Khan is best pals with Akshay, Riteish and Sajid Nadiadwala.
“Akshay and Riteish are like buddies. We are good friends. The best part is when we are not working, we are hanging out together and we don’t discuss work. We don’t drink and our fourth friend Sajid Nadiadwala, he doesn’t drink too. So we eat food, watch movies or cricket or we go out to coffee shops and hang together and have laughs,” he says.