Aamir Khan cried after watching Katti Batti. True?
Yes, he liked it very much. You might assume that Katti Batti is a light romantic comedy but our film is very emotional after the interval.
This is the first time I have made a film which I wanted to show him. He has seen only two of my earlier films -- Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Delhi Belly, which are both his home productions. After that I have never felt I have worked so hard that I want to show him my film except for now with Katti Batti. I was happy with this film and I wanted his feedback.
Why haven’t Aamir and you worked together after Delhi Belly?
He didn’t make any films after that as a producer.
A film of yours is releasing after a long time. Will it bring you back into the spotlight?
I have done enough films to know that anything can happen. What I know is that if I have worked with honesty and I am happy about it. I have never been surprised by a flop in my career. I can’t tell you how many times I have not seen my films. They show you on Thursday night before the Friday release and you can’t do anything.
So what went wrong with your earlier films?
Two years ago, the media was celebrating my choice of films with the likes of Vishal Bharadwaj and Milan Luthria. They said I was making smart decisions... what happened to that? The choices were intelligent but I think we went wrong in the making of the films, which often happens. You sign on with the best of people but when you end up with the final cut you realise that this was not what we had intended.
Have you learnt any lessons you learnt from it?
Yes, the lesson is that I need to listen to my gut. I feel something is wrong sometimes while I am on the sets, but then you think the directors are more experienced. But whenever I have felt we are wrong, we have gone wrong and therefore I need to listen to my gut more.
Kangana Ranaut, your co-star, is a successful actress right now. Some are saying you might be cashing in on her success.
You can’t allow yourself to be affected by what people say. I have always thought in creative terms. Currently, Kangana is very hot so people are talking. Three years ago, people would have said Kangana is riding on Imran’s success. Does that make us less of an actor?
Do you think that since you have not been in the limelight of late, other actors have moved way ahead?
I am an actor who loves to watch and make films along with living my life. I don’t want to earn money or fame; I want to make movies. I am not interested in playing this game.