Himesh Reshammiya debuts as an actor in Aap Ka Surroor- The Movie, which releases on June 29. In a candid chat with HT City the singer-turned-actor spoke his heart out…
Isn’t plunging into acting a huge risk?
It is, but where there is faith there is hope. You believe in God and destiny. God has been kind and there have been blessings. So, I don’t need to worry.
Is it your own story?
No it isn’t. People are saying this because the romantic angle and certain portions of the film are done smartly. The questions that people have about me are answered through the character that I play. Otherwise, it is fiction. This is the story of a rockstar who goes to Germany and gets trapped in a sting operation. In all my videos my heroines leave me, but whether I get my heroine this time around or not is the question.
But why don’t you smile?
I do smile in the promos but you have to see the film to find out the answer.
What a co-incidence — Apne where you score the music and your debut film as an actor release on the same day…
It is a co-incidence (Aawarapan also releases this Friday). My mother’s birthday is on June 29. So I am very happy that my film is releasing that day — it is an auspicious day for me.
<b1>You were supposed to do the Mehbooba number in Ram Gopal Varma’s Sholay and now you do it in your own film…are you getting back at Ramu?
We have the official copyright of the song. When Ashaji (Bhosle) said she wanted to slap me, I asked for her forgiveness. She forgave me and then decided to do the song as a tribute to RD Burman.
It is picturised on Mallika Sherawat and me. And let me clarify that Mallika hasn’t taken Rs 1.5 crore for the film and she is not just doing an item song. She has a full-fledged negative role in the film. She is there for 35 minutes. But still these rumours spread. She herself is upset with these rumours. She is a professional and it was great fun working with her.
The sequel to the movie. I will do some films as a music director, one or two as a singer and may be one or two as an actor. That way I will do limited work and try to do my best.
Are you back to being friends with Sonu Nigam?
Sonu is the best singer in India. I have not spoken to him after those fights created by the media. He has not spoken to me either. I don’t know what he feels about me, I really have no problem with him.
You seem to have stood your ground despite all controversies…
I would say I don’t know what I am up to. There is a divine blessing on me, which keeps going. Ninety nine per cent of the people are with me and the one per cent, who are not, I will win them over.
Whether you are singing or acting, it should come from the heart. The performance should be believable. My real test is on June 29.