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I have no problems with Saif: Fardeen

The Bollywood star speaks to Hiren Kotwani about Saif Ali Khan, Esha Deol, K for Kurbani and starting a family.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 12:32 IST
Hiren Kotwani/ HT Style
Hiren Kotwani/ HT Style

We haven’t heard much about Fardeen Khan since Pyaare Mohan released six months ago. Khan attributes this to “being busy working, listening to scripts” when one meets him at his Juhu residence.

Khan has almost finished shooting for Meghana Gulzar’s Baat Pakki for PNC, his first film with a woman director. “The experience has been wonderful,” he says, adding, “Not only is she focused about every aspect of the film, but also adept at multitasking. She has an amazing energy and is very skilful at handling a few things at a time. Men aren’t very good at multitasking, but women can handle things calmly.”

Considering the story deals with married couples, did his experience of being married for almost a year now find its way into his performance? “It’s a different story with different situations,” he replies.

Fardeen Khan will be next seen in Ram Gopal Verma's Darling. 

“No moment in the film resembled any incident in my life. Sometimes it also happens that though you are aware of certain aspects of life, some instances in a film’s screenplay help you see things in real life from a different perspective. It’s like learning something from another person’s experience.”

Baat Pakki

has him paired with Esha Deol, with whom he’s also doing Ram Gopal Varma’s



“Yeah, Esha is like a buddy. Having done two films together, we get along very well. And that rapport translates on screen,” he says.


is his fourth film with Varma (after

Jungle, Bhoot,

and Pyaar

Tune Kya Kiya)


“Ramu is one director, besides my father, with whom I’ve always enjoyed working. His films give me a range to perform, to grow as an actor. That apart, he explains the character, the scene and allows you total freedom to explore the same as an actor.”

Apart from these, Khan also has his father’s contemporary take on


. “


will go on the floors next year. A lot of things are still being worked out,” he informs. Ask him if they decided to title it with a K for numerological reasons and he laughs.

“No, we’re not superstitious to name a film with a particular alphabet. Dad made the first film with Q, and thought of naming this one with a K.”

Reportedly, he is so upset with Saif Ali Khan for walking out of


that he retaliated by opting out of a TIPS’ production they were to do together.

“There’s no problem with Saif at all. He had committed the dates to other films. My opting out of TIPS’ film has nothing to do with Saif. The film got delayed and the new dates were already committed to Sajid Nadiadwala’s

Hey Baby

. It was all ami cably done.” Besides finalising other films, Khan is also working on the scripting of a film that will mark the launch of his own production company. “It’s too early to talk about it,” he says. With his first wedding anniversary coming up, is he planning to start a family? “There’s still time,” he smiles.

First Published: Oct 10, 2006 12:32 IST