Yesterday’s Iqbal is hoping to break into the big league. After Om Shanti Om, there is news that he has teamed up with Shyam Benegal. Shreyas Talpade updates Ruhail Amin
First things first. Are you doing Shyam Benegal’s Mahadeva?
Yes, I’ve been approached by Mr Shyam Benegal. He’s one of the finest directors and I’ll go out of my way to adjust my dates for him.
<b1>Tell me how’s the shooting of Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om going?
Oh, it’s been smooth-sailing so far. I consider myself fortunate to be working with Farah and Shah Rukh Khan. They are such humble people. They really make an effort to make you comfortable on the set. I was always a huge fan of SRK, but getting to know him from close quarters has made me like him all the more.
Aren’t you getting increasingly drawn towards mainstream cinema?
Hello, I was in the mainstream right from the start. It is every actor’s dream to do mainstream cinema, since it’s on a broader canvas and has an enviable appeal.
Wasn’t Apna Sapna Money Money a bit of a letdown after Iqbal and Dor?
I don’t think it was a letdown. Yes Apna Sapna.. was different in genre but it hardly matters.
The film worked for me..let me tell you that I’m not bound by any particular genre. I would have found myself slotted in a particular image after Iqbal and Dor, but Apna Sapna..nipped that developing image in the bud.
My next film,
is a thriller.. giving my CV a further boost. In showbiz, they say you are as good as your last film.
Do you believe in that saying?
I feel there is nothing to be insecure about. I have been in the industry for over a decade..if you have the talent, you’ll get your dues some day. Let me give you my own example..there was a time in my career when I had no work for months together. I didn’t lose heart.
<b3>Having said that, rosy days don’t last forever. Actors have to deal with insecurities in showbiz. Does the dwindling interest in Marathi theatre bug you?
It does, trust me.. I started off as a theatre artist during my college days. I was pretty serious about it. I was associated with the Marathi theatre for over six years and later shifted to Marathi teleserials and films. So, whatever I’m today is because of my theatre background.
I heard you are a good photographer.. (Laughs).
I don’t know how good I’m..though I’m one. It’s only recently that I have taken an interest in still photograph...thanks to cinematographer Sudeep Chatterjee. Even Nagesh (Kukunoor) is a great photographer. He has a sense for aesthetics.