ONSCREEN Imran gets talking about his stint in Bollywood and the guidance that he gets from uncle Aamir Khan. Lipika Varma
He is the heartthrob of Bollywood and, with “Break ke Baad” ready for release, the going couldn't get better for Imran Khan.
In an exclusive conversation, he talks about his career so far, his criteria while selecting movies and future plans. Imran too, like his mamu, believes in changing his look in every film. While he played the chocolate boy image in “Jane Tu ya Jane Na”, which was an instant hit with the audience;in “Kidnap” he turns into a matured character .
Talking about his decision to do “Kidnap”, the actor says, “My role in “Kidnap” was quite challenging. Whenever I get movie offers, I show the script to Aamir Mamu and take his opinion. Mamu liked the character and he also told me that Sanjay Gadhvi is a brilliant director so I took up the film and tried my best to play Kabir, a guy with gray shades.”
His experimentation with his look in each film still continues. “I Hate Love Stories” saw him flaunting an urbane look, while he will be seen a new avatar in “Break Ke Baad”. For Aamir Khan's venture “Delhi Belly”, Imran will be seen sporting long hair and a beard.
In his short career till now he has worked with Sanjay Dutt twice- once in “Kidnap”and the second time around in “Luck”. How was the experience?
“Initially, I was very scared of him. He has the tough macho man image. Undoubtedly, Sanjay Dutt could realize my fear so he went out of his way to make me comfortable. He extended ample of support and often checked whether I had rehearsed my lines well or not. Sanjay may have a tough body but he has a very soft heart,” he quips.
“I have worked hard on each performance. Before going on the sets I rehearse the scenes many-a-times in order to bring the best in me. I sincerely hope the audience likes me in varied roles that I perform. I belong to a family where I have been taught to work hard and do not feel at any point of time will I lose these values instilled in me,” he said.
In today's age of competition, with so many promising young actors and the older generation still going strong how does he manage to keep pace in the race?
“I undergo a lot of training for the role. For instance, my role in "Kidnap" required me to have a good body and I followed a rigorous exercise routine to achieve that look. I also perform most of the stunts. I do not omit doing even the risky ones. I never allow dupes to do it for me,” he replies.
He also confesses that constant comparison of him to his mamu makes him nervous. “I love to take up challenges, so I often experiment with roles in different genres. But this leads to comparison between me and mamu. Really get nervous when this happens because. But the comparison also keeps me on my toes and brings out the best in me,” says the actor.
Though a youth icon, Imran reveals that he is not brand conscious. “I don't really care about fashion and trends. There are no certain brands or designers that fascinate me. I usually go shopping and pick up whatever I like,” he adds.
About his fitness mantra, he reveals, “My look changes in every movie. To achieve that particular look I work out a lot. Also normally, I stick to a protein and carbs diet since I tend to lose weight if I eat less.”
Like many film stars Imran too likes to blog and share his opinion with his fans. “I blog and also write for a weekly columns in newspapers whenever I get time. It feels nice when people e-mail or comment on my blogs. As far as criticism is concerned I always value it as it helps me perform better."
“Fans need to be taken seriously as I feel that we are here only because of their love and adulation. It feels great that youngsters identify with me. I remember once I was the chief guest at the annual function of one of the colleges in Mumbai. The students just kept on repeating my dialogues on top of their voice, I was touched by their appreciation,” he concludes.
I love to take up challenges, so I often experiment with roles in different genres.
I don't really care about fashion and trends. There are no certain brands or designers that fascinate me. I usually go shopping and pick up whatever I like.