It’s been two years since his last Hindi movie Aashiq Banaya Aapne was released. But Sonu Sood isn’t worried about being out of sight, out of mind.
“I’m banking on Jodhaa Akbar because it is the kind of film I was waiting for. At the end of it, I can assure you that it was worth the wait. I’m glad I didn’t venture out doing other films that I was offered in the interim.”
Apparently, the list of refused projects include Prabhudeva’s Wanted – Dead and Alive with Salman Khan, Aamir Khan’s Hindi remake of Ghajini, Imtiaz Ali’s next with Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor and Neeraj Pathak’s directorial debut with Sunny Deol.
“It’s unfair to the directors and other actors to name the films. I was offered some Hindi remakes of south Indian movies I’ve done.There wasn’t any novelty there. Today, I can say Jodhaa Akbar is the kind of project that every actor waits for.”
<b1>Sood was planning to meet Ashutosh Gowariker when he learnt that the filmmaker was casting for his magnum opus. “Before I approached him, his office did,” he enthuses. Although he’s bound by the contract, he’s forthcoming about his experience.
“Ashutosh is one director who explains the shot to you in such away that it helps you slip into the character smoothly. He puts you completely at ease while working.”
I’m glad I didn’t venture out doing other films that I was offered in the interim and waited for Jodhaa Akbar. The experience wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the co-stars and protagonists, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Bachchan.
“Hrithik and Ash are the two persons I spend most of my time on the sets with, apart from Ashutosh.
“I share the same trainer as Hrithik, and we would work out together during the schedule in Jaipur. Ash recalled Abhishek’s conversation with her about working in Yuva. We got along very well.”
Is he in touch with them after wrapping up the shooting?
“I do meet Hrithik when he comes for his dubbing and I’m leaving. We chat for a while about the times we spent during filming. I look forward working out with him again.”
His other films Rockin Meera and Divorce are being taken to various film festivals he says, and reiterates that he’d “ratherwait for the good things to come after Jodhaa Akbar.”