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Life beyond `Jungle'...

Fardeen Khan may not have had a big hit in his career but there is no stopping his "Khushi". So watch out for the new romantic offering from the debonair Khan, says MADHUR TANKHA... .

Fardeen Khan hopes for things bright and beautiful. Photo: S. Subramanium.

HE CONTINUES to be mesmerised by his father's histrionic abilities in his yesteryear films and legendary Hollywood icons like Marlon Brando. He has grown up on the films of Amitabh Bachchan and looks up to him for turning insipid films into great entertainers. Fardeen Khan, with his lady killer looks, doesn't mind getting caught up in the chip-of-the-old-block syndrome. Unlike his father, who in spite of his debonair looks was known for his action-hero image, Fardeen is content playing chocolate hero roles.

Perched comfortably on the sofa at New Delhi's Maurya Sheraton, Fardeen has just finished shooting for the film, "Khushi", produced by Boney Kapoor. Directed by S.J.Suryah, Kareena Kapoor plays the love interest of Fardeen Khan. The film -- which is slated for release in early next year -- is about complexities between the lead pair.

Fardeen says, "My latest film, `Khushi' has achieved a whole new take on love story genre. It is about a conflict between the romantic pair. There is no external conflict, no parental opposition and no caste or class conflict. The conflict arises between the protagonists themselves. Karan, the character I play, is a happy-go-lucky type of person but male pride and ego is his negative trait. His romantic interest is plagued by insecurities, fears and ego." When he watched the original "Khushi", made in Tamil did he feel apprehensive about playing the character, one queries Fardeen. The actor, sporting black spectacles, says, "I am never apprehensive about challenges. When I saw the film my ambition was to do full justice to the role. I have always excelled in playing the lover boy type of roles. The audience has accepted me in such roles."

On acting with ravishing Kareena, Fardeen says, "She has proved that she is such a talented actress. She is an absolute treat, a fun loving and honest person. Temperamentally we are on the same wavelength. I was also working for the first time with Boney Kapoor. He treated the entire crew exceptionally well. He is a considerate producer."

When he isn't acting he is happy doing scuba diving and shows his culinary skills by preparing his favourite roasted chicken. He loves digging into Chinese, Italian and Mughlai cuisines.

He has high hopes for his home production, "Janasheen" too, to be released in April.

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