Imran Khan says he identifies with his grandfather Nasir Hussain’s films. “I like to watch films which make you laugh and cry, films that emotionally satisfy you in three hours. When I was a kid he used to narrate such stories to me.” Will he like to revive his banner? “There is nothing on the cards but it is indeed in my heart,” says Imran, whose Gori Tere Pyar Mein released this week.
Such romantic comedies seem to be spoofing the kind of cinema Hussain used to make seriously. “Perhaps. But if you make a film like the ones he used to make the media might dub them outdated or old fashioned. So we are caught. It is difficult but we should try to strike a balance. Arranged marriage is still a reality, there are still fights over land and division of property but if you make a film on such subjects it is called old fashioned. Somehow cinema is expected to be a little ahead of what is happening.”
He cites an example. “While coming out of airport I saw a man in white pants and white shirt with a white hat on top. He looked perfectly normal but if you put such a character in a film chances are he will be a called a caricature. People will say aajkal aisa thode hi hota hai ,” Imran remarks.