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'I feel like an emperor': Zayed Khan

The actor speaks to Kshama Rao about his forthcoming films and life after marriage.

india Updated: Sep 22, 2006 17:31 IST
Kshama Rao/ HT Style
Kshama Rao/ HT Style

Zayed Khan’s got the blues, literally. His hair has been styled with electric blue highlights, the new look for Anubhav Sinha’s Cash, which he’s currently shooting in Cape Town, South Africa with Ajay Devgan (“my first film with him”).Riteish Deshmukh, Esha Deol and Shamita Shetty.

“In Cash I playDanny, a guy who gets away doing anything and everything. He is not known to do something and get caught. He’s the fastest. He’s on the road, in water, everywhere. We are going to have a great chase of 10 jet skies in the climax. Danny is a small time con guy hired by Ajay for a job, which seriously backfires. As for the colour in my hair, I’m getting used to it and quite like it,” says Khan whose Rocky-The Rebel releases today.

Though he’s been to South Africa before, Khan says, "this is my first time in Cape Town and I’m loving it. We are having loads of fun shooting. Actually that’s what Anubhav told us. He said ‘Only if you are going to enjoy shooting for my film will I let you act in it’. And we are all having a blast here.” While Sinha’s earlier film Dus was an action film too, “this will be a super action film. You name it and we are going to do it in this one. There are gizmos and gadgets and we are doing some amazing stunts.”

Rocky-the rebel, Zayed's first big release after marriage, hits the theatres today.



, he plays a “guy who you will hate to love. He’s a rebellious guy and calls a spade a spade. It’s a romantic action thriller”. Right now, Khan says his idea is to do films in “as many genres as possible. There is no point in limiting yourself doing just one kind of film only with a certain production house and a banner. I need to grow as an actor and work with different people, understand their points of view. I have attempted to do different kind of films but I don’t know what I’m good at. The idea is not to form camps, do three films with them and work with the same kind of directors.”

Does it mean if a big banner had to offer him three films, he wouldn’t do them? “Well, I have been offered films by big banners in the past and I have humbly declined to be a part of them because there is no point hiring directors and making them do films which do not allow them to express their creativity more freely. I want to work with different kinds of people and not restrict myself to one director.”

With Saif Ali Khan opting out of the remake of Qurbani which Zayed’s uncle Feroz Khan is making, is there any chance of him stepping in? “No, I don’t think so. Fardeen is playing Feroz cha’s role in the original and though I did speak to him about the other role, it would require me to play father to a seven year old. It would age me a lot, so I can’t do it. And if we had to change that one aspect of the character, we might as well make another film than remake Qurbani.”

Wife Maleika is joining Khan in Cape Town soon as he is likely to be holed up there till November, with a brief trip back to Mumbai. It’s almost a year since he got married. Ask him how marriage is treating him and he says, “I feel like an emperor.”

First Published: Sep 22, 2006 17:31 IST