Barring a cameo in Jaane Tuya Jaane Na, Sohail Khan hasn’t had a release in more than a year since Salaam-e-Ishq. The actor insists that the break wasn’t planned.
“Earlier I was busy with my production Partner, then God Tussi Great Ho. But the producer Afzal Khan wanted Mehbooba to release first,” he informs.
God Tussi Great Ho is reportedly a take-off on the Morgan Freeman-Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty. Khan hasn’t seen the Hollywood hit but says he’s playing a television journalist, like bhai Salman and Priyanka Chopra. “And no, we don’t plan out any sting operations,” laughs Sohail.
Apparently, the film was delayed because Salman had issues with Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra? “Not true,” he snaps. “It’s just that the star cast is big and coordinating dates took time.”
Break ke baad
After Maine Dil Tujhko Diya, Sohail has taken a break from direction till he finds the right script. Meanwhile, he’s producing films like Main aur Mrs Khanna, which Prem Soni is directing and toplines Salman, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail.
There’s also the Puneet Sira-directed Kisaan featuring Arbaaz and him. “Now that I have my own production company, I don’t have to do every role that comes my way,” he points out.
The conversation veers to Katrina Kaif ’s birthday party where Salman and Shah Rukh Khan almost came to blows. Sohail is visibly uncomfortable, “I know only as much as you know,” he says evasively.
What about the repercussions? “I don’t think so. There’s nothing that cannot be sorted out. They are mature individuals and I’m sure with time, everything will be fine,” he asserts.
Arbaaz stayed away from the celebrations even though he’s family. Why? “Malaika bhabhi was shooting. So their son, Arhaan, was alone at home. Arbaaz had to stay home for him. I understand. My son Nirvaan is also very young and I’d do the same in the situation.”
Is Nirvaan showing signs of following in his footsteps? “Right now he’s only into football and tennis.” What about wife Seema? Will she design for him? “I can’t wear her designs,” he chuckles. “She caters only to women.”