Fardeen Khan is back as the ‘charming brat’ in Dulha Mil Gaya. Sreya Basu caught up with the actor in Kolkata.
You had four releases this year and all set to start 2010 with Dulha Mil Gaya [January 8 release]. You must be excited.
Of course. Dulha Mil Gaya is a very special film to me. My character has various shades and I have given my best to this film.
Tell us more about your character, Donsai.
Tej Dhanraj is heir to the $5 billion Dhanraj Empire. It was his ‘Dom Perignon’ social life in Trinidad that gave him the name ‘Donsai’ [Trinidanian slang for dollar]. He has commitment phobia and believes there is no reason to ever get married. Then one day, Donsai falls in love and it was cataclysmic… a spoilt boy becomes a responsible man.
Don’t you think the storyline is a much-used formula in Bollywood?
Watch the film and you will know why this one is different. Muddasar Aziz [director] has given a complete new treatment to the film.
You have been cast opposite Sushmita Sen for the first time. How’s the experience?
Ever since I joined the film industry, I wanted to work with her [Sushmita] - an amazing actor, a wonderful person. It took a long time before finally my dream came true.
Sushmita-Fardeen is quite an unusual pairing.
Yes, I agree. But the storyline demanded this pairing. And now I hope the audience will accept us.
Most of your films are multi starrers. Why don’t you try more solo leads?
It’s not that I have not done films where I am the only lead actor. But I always give priority to the script and my character when it comes to saying ‘yes’ to a film. I don’t mind being part of a multi starrer because I know if my performance is good, the audience will definitely appreciate me.
Also, most of your films are comedies.
I love doing comedies. I have had fun with comedy and it is probably been my most successful genre.
What is your dream role?
I want to play Dracula. I can give my arm for that role.
What is the status of remaking Qurbani?
We are working on the project. Besides, I have two more untitled films in 2010.
In Dulha Mil Gaya you play a Casanova. Are you a family man in real life?
Definitely yes. I have the most beautiful wife… Natasha makes me perfect. She is everything that I wanted in a wife.
What is that one thing that has kept you together ever since you got married in 2005?
Food [laughs]. Both of us are foodies… we love eating and so family time always has a meal involved.