CHAT Imran Khan on the traits he shares with his uncle Aamir Khan
Everyone sees a little bit of Aamir Khan in him. He has played young Aamir in his films. While Imran Khan is remembered for his deadpan humour in Delhi Belly, he has also played the Casanova in I Hate Luv Storys . He partners with the same producer-director team of Karan Johar and Punit Malhotra in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein , playing a south Indian. Where does your sense of comic timing come from?
I actually grew up watching old British comedy. My dad is a huge fan of it…so I grew up watching Monty Python kind of things. I used to read, and still read, a lot of P.G. Wodehouse so all of this moved my sensibilities and tastes towards slightly dry deadpan British humour.
How similar are you to your mamu Aamir Khan?
I think there are a lot of similarities. I think we both are very stubborn. Both of us are extremely particular about doing things in a certain way. I think I’m more easy going than he is in a lot of ways.
You play a south Indian in Gori… and you’ve covered most stereotypes…the veshti-mundu, wearing vibhuti, …what else?
No, we haven’t done that. Sriram (his character in Gori…), although he’s technically south Indian, he doesn’t really fit in. He’s grown up abroad. He’s considered the black sheep of his family because he has a kind of aversion to his own culture.
Are the kind of roles coming your way what you really want to do?
I’m getting to do very interesting stuff. Perhaps not the kind of stuff exactly suited to me but stuff you would not really see me in. Films like Matru Ki Bijleee Ka Mandola and Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara! — these are roles that you would not think of casting me in.
Your next project?
I’m doing Bhavesh Joshi directed by Vikramaditya Motwane…and that’s it for the year. I like to work at a more leisurely pace. . It takes a bit of time for me to get into and get out of a film. This year I’ve gone from Matru… , to Once Upon… , into Gori… and turned into a cake fudge. I’m actually on a strict diet. I’m doing a body transformation programme. I have a very cruel trainer…. You should see it under here ( he motions towards his jacket with a straight face ). It’s all sexiness.
Bangalore was where I had my first girlfriend and my first breakup