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    Imran Khan gets candid about all the things that bring him happiness, besides box office success of course

    Imran Khan at his apartment at five in the afternoon, when he has just woken up. Dressed in a blue t-shirt and faded jeans, he is sporting a healthy facial fuzz. But he smiles and greets us with contagious energy. And soon, we settle down to chat about all that is important to the 29-year-old actor who has just got a hattrick of hits.

    Has he cracked a secret formula? “There is no formula,” Imran says, admitting that he has received more praise for EMAET (Ek Main Aur Ek Tu) than Delhi Belly. “I go by my gut feeling. Majority of my work is with first time directors. So I meet the director to see if he is excited, chilled out or someone who would work extra hard,” he explains. The actor, who has obviously imbibed a lot from his illustrious mamu Aamir Khan, also asks himself the important question: “Is this the director who has a voice and can excite the audience?”

    But remind Imran about how only his rom coms have worked and he refuses to accept that he is being typecast. He takes a deep breath and chooses his words carefully. “I am far too young and new in the industry to be typecast. And when people talk about typecast, say romantic comedy, what are the rom coms I have done? There is EMAET and I Hate Luv Storys. When you get success in a particular space, people tend to see you in that space. So you get lots of offers. It is not because I actively want to do a particular kind of film. People don’t think outside the box. So it takes a good director with a little more vision to think outside the box,” he says. “Delhi Belly is not like Ek main ... Or Jaane tu.... Mere Brother Ki Dulhan is my most successful film. It depends on the quality of the film. I think it is unfair to look at failures that happened four years ago.”

    Tell him that he is one of the few ‘solo’ actors around who is doing well and he politely gives credit to his mamu. And sounds very much like him, when he talks about how he wants his films to do well, not just for himself but for every one involved in the project. “ I remember after Ghajini, Aamir had received a message from someone via someone via someone from a guy in Nagpur, who dealt with disco lights. Ghajini was doing great in Nagpur, so this theatre owner hired disco lights from this guy to decorate the theatre. This guy normally gets business from birthday parties or weddings. But in this case, his lights were booked for two whole weeks. And he was making a lot of money because of Ghajini. I would rather have a superhit film than an extra five crore. I can always make the money from endorsements.”

    Speaking of the moolah, we ask him about what exactly he plans to treat himself to after his recent success. After all, here is an actor who has always gifted himself after every box office success – whether it was his engagement and wedding after the initial hits or the cars and house after that. “I think it is important to remember why you are doing what you are. I meet people in the business, actors, directors, people who are massively successful. But they could not enjoy the success because they are so work oriented. And there is no life for them beyond that. All this does not make sense to me…” he states.

    Imran believes in life after work. “For me, it has always been of supreme importance that I enjoy my life. Thirty years from now I don’t want to look back and wonder, what did I do? I have spent my life on the sets and there was nothing more. After 30 years the phone will stop ringing… I will not have work and I will need people I can go back to.” And then in a philosophical note he adds, “There comes a time in every actor’s life when you get old, you are no longer a hero, a leading man. Suddenly there is a new 20-year-old who is the hottest thing around and when that time comes, what will you fall back on? That’s when you look back and say yes, I had something in life.”

    We talk about his Bandra bungalow which has been under renovation. He tells us happily that there are only some interior jobs that need to be done before he moves in with his wife. And also with his dogs and Sigmund Freud, the cat, which has been nibbling on our biscuits all this while.
    At a time when most people shy away from admitting to their relationships, Imran got married. He says, “You get married for personal reasons, not for self defence. It is not an armour that you wear .” And there are more words of wisdom from the boy who sounds very much a seasoned star. “Ultimately it is hard to lie to people. It is hard to lie to the media and the audience.”

    And with that, he wraps up the interview and zips out in his brand new Ferrari. His words however are still buzzing in our heads: “I am not
    in any kind of rush to prove anything to anyone. I have always seen myself as a lambi race ka ghoda.”

    After 30 years, the phone will stop ringing; I will not have work and will need people I can go back to



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