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Some movies need full attention: Shiney Ahuja

He has just become a father. And although he refuses to talk about his daughter, Shiney Ahuja’s ready to talk movies with Roshmila Bhattacharya.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2007 19:55 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya

He has just become a father. But he absolutely refuses to talk about his daughter.. she's much too precious to share

Recently you made a crack that you sat at the editing table and chopped Akshay Kumar's role in Bhool Bhulaiyaa. What's going on?
Hey, that was a joke. I was fed up of everyone asking me if Akshay had edited my role. This, despite my saying that he was like an older brother. Come on, would Sunny Deol chop out Bobby's role if they were working together? But the question still kept coming up. Exasperated, I said what I did. But then laughed to show that I wasn't serious.

How come you're not too prominent in the publicity?
Akshay's been around for 18 years, so if he's played up in the publicity it's only justified.. and it's okay by me.

If at a shaadi, your older brother stands in front of you when a family picture is being clicked, would you object? I'm not in anyone's shadow in the film.

Your performance could have done with a little lightness and humour.
I would have liked that too, but Priyan Sir (Priyadarshan) wanted me to speak the words the way they'd been written, say them with feeling but not go beyond. I was given a job to do, and I did it to the best of my ability.

But in Har Pal you'll get to see my comic timing.
Jahnu Barua's given me a lot of creative freedom. He's a National Award winning director and surprisingly, he has a commercial sen sibility too. The film's turning out far better than I'd expected.

Good because Life in a…Metro was disappointing. One left the theatre wondering what happened to your character, Akash. Was that deliberate since there's talk of a sequel now?
I don't know about a sequel but yes, even I felt that Akash had too many rough edges. I've seen guys like him who may be perceived as losers, but who are actually stars in their own space.

In the film we always saw him as morose and frustrated. To come up with a dynamic performance on stage, he had to have had a certain amount of confidence and charisma.

He wooed Shikha (Shilpa Shetty) although she was a married woman.. not really looking for a diversion. However, with no punch lines, there was little I could do except play Akash as a lover boy, from the heart.

Wouldn't October have been a good time to release

Khoya Khoya Chand

instead of December?

It's a good thing actually by then .. people will have finished with the festive mood. Some movies need your full attention..

Khoya Khoya Chand

can't be viewed while sending SMSes, answering phone calls or cracking jokes.

Will Mira Nair's


be your visa to the West?


is a 10-minute film on AIDS. I did it for a charitable cause rather than commercial considerations. Mira is a superb director and I'm hopeful we'll make a full-length feature soon. Meanwhile, I'm really excited about


, a father-daughter story set against the backdrop of a hijack drama.

First Published: Oct 15, 2007 19:30 IST

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