Hey Baby. The title is apt for funny man Sajid Khan. We are talking about his first full full-fledged directorial venture, which he is directing for producer Sajid Nadiadwala.
The film stars Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Vidya Balan. Having directed a story (the first one with Manoj Pahwa) in Darna Zaroori Hai, Sajid has already made a start behind the camera and is ready now to do a “Rs 35 crore film to be shot in New York, Morocco and France, among others.”
He was in town for the Kolkata leg of Set Max’s new show, Sabse Bada Deewana, the winner of which gets tickets to all new releases for the next five years. What is he looking for in the winner of Sabse Bada Deewana? “I am looking for somebody who is a fan of films and not just stars,” he says.
Coming back to Hey Baby, Sajid says, “I owe it to myself after having watched so many films over the years. My story is my hero. My idea is to make a good film.” The film is a comedy but “it’s not all about humour and humour”, Sajid would like to point out. And he continues, “It’s on the lines of Kal Ho Naa Ho or Munnabhai MBBS.”
There will be a lot of emotion in the film and Akshay, Fardeen and Riteish are not doing their usual thing, the director assures. “Vidya has a non-Parineeta look in the film. She is not in her saris,” adds Sajid. The music of the film is by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Will sister Farah be choreographer? “She’d better,” he says with a grin.
How does one gauge his love for films? Sajid claims he has the best home theatre and it is constantly upgraded and that’s proof enough.
Having been one of the most popular anchors on TV (Ikke Pe Ikka has been on for over a decade) why hasn’t he shown any interest in acting on the big screen. Sajid has a straightforward answer: “I am 34 and I want to have at least four films to my credit as a director. As far as acting is concerned, I haven’t got anything interesting.” In fact, Sajid has even refused a film with Mallika Sherawat — “The censors would never let that film release,” Sajid says, tongue firmly in cheek.
Directing films, however, does not mean he is quitting TV. A new non-fiction show by Ravi Behl - Mardon Wali Baat - is in the pipeline.