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'I am very passionate about theatre'

London-based actor Alyy Khan speaks to Reema Gehi about life in London and his new projects.

art and culture Updated: May 02, 2007 18:07 IST
Reema Gehi
Reema Gehi
Hindustan Times

London-based actor Alyy Khan’s mother curiously decided on naming him after the son of Aga Khan III, one of the founder members and the first president of the All-India Muslim League. One wonders why Khan decided on adding an extra ‘y’ to his name. Was he hooked on numerology or did was he wary of the playboy status bestowed on his namesake?

This once-upon-a-time regular on the Mumbai circuit is in the city for a week.


This is not an all fun trip, Khan is doing some heavy duty work-related discussions. “I am speaking to a lot of people and hoping to do some good projects in the future. Right now I am quite happy travelling and waiting for the third week of June, which is when

A Mighty Heart

(he plays a pivotal character, Umar Shaikh), will release.” He is careful not to reveal anything about the film, just saying it was “an interesting experience”.

In the 15 years of his career, Khan has had quite a stint with television. He hosted India’s first travel show (

Namastey India

), a cookery show (

Star Sunday Lunch

) besides working in numerous soaps:

Banegi Apni Baat


Dhund and Lipstick

and a few films:



Escape from Taliban


The actor is well-known in the local theatre circle, and has worked closely with the Hima Kala Kendra. Like most theatre actors, he says: “I love interacting with a live audience. I am very passionate about theatre. I also like to host events because I see it as an extension of theatre.” Homesick So is he in the city only for work? “No, I am here because I was pretty homesick,” he admits.

Thanks to the break, he spending time with his wife and son. He says, “In London, my favourite pastime is taking my 15-month-old son for a walk and then help him feed the ducks.” The 38-year-old shuffles between Mumbai and London, and isn’t perturbed that he may lose touch with work assignments in either city .

“When one is settled any where work keeps coming in, and you feel obliged to take it up. But I’d rather seek quality than quantity in my work,”he concludes.

First Published: May 02, 2007 13:32 IST