What made you say yes to a Dream Girl, what goes into your process of selecting a film?
I think it’s how you just said that you are very excited to watch a masala film. That is what my criteria is ki masala hona chahiye. My criteria is whichever film whatever it is saying whatever the mudda is it should be able to deliver that. Comedy film hai toh hasana hi chahiye. There is a different sensibility of comedy going around these days. I am not somebody who laughs at certain gags that are used in some films because you know they are gags, you know they are set up for people to laugh and that for me is like yes okay, some comedy gets predicable you do not laugh. I feel comedy has a new language also. And for me to select a comedy film really is about just knowing that how differently can you say the same thing and illicit that laughter. Laughter is very instinctive. You find something funny you will laugh.
What are the sort of films that you enjoyed in your growing up years..
Now that I think back to films that affected me at that time and I couldn’t explain what the feeling was and why they affected me because I couldn’t intellectualise it and but was just a feeling. So if I look back to my oldest memories I think Rangeela completely was like I felt like I was in 4D theatre because I could feel the green leaves and the water and I could smell the waterfall and I could feel everything in that film, the jealousy and that passion and an Aamir Khan feeling left out in the love story and I could feel everything. Then came Hum Aapke Hai Kaun in a time where there were only action flicks.
After the success of Pyaar Ka Punchnama was there a lot of pressure to do the same, did people say look at that actress she’s so successful doing more of the same…
Of course I was offered similar content. Not look at other actors. They stuck to saying that I think their basic thing was that if your one film has done this well you should have another film with that same business in the following years because that keeps you…
That keeps you relevant and in the market.
Yes that jargon that trade uses. I was like sure why not? But did anybody think that SKTKS would make that kind of money? No. So I am sure those are not the films that you don’t think will make that kind of money but I like it and it might make that money. So let’s not you know predict a result and do a film because of the result, the magic of it is lost. Do a film if you like it. If it eventually results in becoming that huge success then sone pe suhaaga right. Then thik hai ek aur 100 crore nahi hui nahi hui. I was like humne SKTKS vaise toh nahi start kit hi na ki yeh 100 crore yeh toh karenge. It doesn’t work like that. I have not worked like that. Also if you think about it I cannot look at it that way because in all the films that I have been a part of that have been successful which have been Punchnama series and right upto SKTKS the films were not mine. Mere pe picture nahi ban rahi thi, woh ladko ki pciyire thi hamesha se. I’m saying even at the end of the day I am not running the film on my shoulders. So I cannot say it was my solo 100. You know what I mean. You can say Alia’s Raazi was her 100 crore or Kangana’s Queen. So I know that the film was not running on me. It was the boys, it was the writing, it was director and concept and lot of other things ran the film. So when you know that you are not in that space then by saying I have a pressure for delivering 100 crores is unrealistic.