“Nothing happened for four years (after Kaminey); but now it is happening again. I have never received such a fabulous response.”
You have signed Shaandar with Vikas Bahl of Queen. What is it about?
I saw Queen six months before it was released. Vikas and I have been talking about doing a film for a long time. He told me a one line about this film –destination wedding and I thought it was a wonderful idea. The film has Alia and me and we will be shooting in UK for this film.
This is the first time you will be teaming up with Alia Bhatt.
I am happy to be working with Alia. Suddenly, I am working with these young girls (Shraddha in Haider, Sonakshi in R Rajkumar). Alia is fantastic. Newcomers know a lot more about films than we did before we started our journey in the industry. I think you learn from them, they are very talented.
Shaandaar sounds totally different from Haider.
It is drastically different from Haider. When Vishal Bharadwaj wrote the script of Haider, he called me and said ‘You are very lucky. Whenever I cast you in any film, your role is written really well.’ I guess, he is really lucky for me.
A lot of my career is thanks to him. It happened with Kaminey. People reacted to the look and the vibe. Nothing happened for four years; but now it is happening again. I have never received this kind of response.
Were you nervous about going bald for Haider?
It’s the most difficult role I have done in my career. I went bald for just one day of shooting. There are some films which you do for box office numbers but this is the kind of film which you do from your heart and for your heart. It was a question of passion and required me to take my hair off … and I went for it.
Haider is releasing on October 2 at the same time as the Hrithik-Katrina starrer Bang Bang. Any insecurity?
I saw the promo of Bang Bang and I loved it. I will definitely go and watch the film. I wished good luck to Hrithik. Our release is on a five-day weekend, and I think any big holiday weekend is good enough for two big films to sustain. Our film is not very expensive so we have nothing to lose. Getting a five-day weekend is fantastic for a film like ours.
Also, if Haider is black then Bang Bang is white. What Haider is offering you that Bang Bang can’t offer and vice versa. We are confident about our film. If people want to see something edgy, different and out-of-the-box then they will see Haider and if people want to see something entertaining, fun and a pot-boiler then they will see Bang Bang.