He is the youngest amongst the bunch of actors who are sharing screen space in this Friday release Tum Milo Toh Sahi. While this Kabir Sadanand film is being spearheaded by Nana Patekar and Dimple Kapadia, Rehan Khan also has a major role to play in the film. Along with Anjana Sukhani, he fills in the cast of this multi starrer that has Suneil Shetty and Vidya Malvade playing the middle aged couple. Looking at such a combination of actors and an urban setting where it’s the tale of relationships which is being brought to fore, the comparisons with Life…In A Metro are inevitable. Rehan Khan talks about the references to …. Metro, his contribution to the film, his relationship with his co-stars and a lot more as he gets chatting with Joginder Tuteja.
In Tum Milo Toh Sahi, are you looking at your very own Life… In A Metro?
Well honestly, Tum Milo Toh Sahi bears has no resemblance to Life… In A Metro. If people are comparing the two films then it is good because that film was quite nice and made by one of the most sorted directors (Anurag Basu) of the current times. Comparisons with good films are always welcome. Having said that, when people will see Tum Milo Toh Sahi, they will realise that it is not only as good as Life…In A Metro but at times even better.
Eventually all three stories are definitely inter connected with each other
Despite its theme, it appears that the film has ample light hearted moments, right?
Oh absolutely, it is light hearted from reel one till last. The film has some of the most underplayed humour that you would have seen earlier. You may not burst out laughing but the film will throughout bring a smile on your face. And then Nana has his own sense of humour. There are some beautiful scenes between him and me. Dimple is just so fantastic. Eventually all three stories are definitely inter connected with each other though they have their own emotions, fear and happiness.
On one end there are youngsters like you and Anjana while on the other you have veterans like Nana, Dimple and Suneil. In such a scenario, how does a young Rehan make his presence felt?
(Smiles) Well, a young Rehan acts in all honesty, a young Rehan is always raring to go and is full of energy and a young Rehan is always willing to take backseat when there are elders to lead the show. This is something that I will always do in every film of mine whenever there is a veteran actor starring in it. Come on yaar, they have been there and done that. I made my debut just three years back whereas these people have dozens of films behind that. This is why I like my director to take a decision on how he wishes to present his actors. There is no point me interfering in his work. Yes, I do hear sometimes that young actors also do that but I primarily sign a good film, take my money, act well, ensure that my producer is happy and that’s about it.
As we all can see that TMTS is the biggest release in town
Well, talking about you being cool with the state of affairs, it didn’t really seem to be the case when the film was announced first. Apparently, there were talks about all not being well between you and Raghav (Sachar) once he announced his presence in the film.
Well, Raghav had given his announcement of signing TMTS though I believe he did consult with Kabir before doing so. It was agreed between all that none of us would ever do anything without asking Kabir. However, what instead happened was that once Raghav made this announcement, media speculated that he was the only hero while I was out of the film. That was quite a shocker for me. When they asked me for quotes, I just told them to reach out to the director.
Anjana and I are best of friends and due to this very reason, there was no sense of nostalgia or anything
So how are things with Raghav today?
Absolutely perfect (laughs). He has done a brilliant job in the film and in fact his song ‘Jaan-e-mann‘ is my favourite. I don’t have any bad blood for him. At the end of the day Kabir is very sure about who are his six main leads in the film and as an actor I am not insecure at all. I am there in the posters and promos so that says it all. Having said that, Raghav and me are friends today; we know where we stand.
Tum Milo Toh Sahi is seeing a delayed release. Wasn’t it really frustrating to be sitting with a finished product in hand?
One moves on in life yaar rather than thinking about such things. Having said that, as we all can see that TMTS is the biggest release in town. There are other films arriving as well but they are not seeing as huge a release as ours. Kabir, my producer Nikhil (Panchammiya) and distributors PVR have worked day in and night to ensure that we arrive big.
Meanwhile you also have competition from Luv (Sinha) who is making his debut with Sadiyaan…
Luv is a newcomer and with all due respect, I know exactly the kind of fear that a debutant comes with. I wish him all the love and luck. Inshallah if I get time, I will take out time to watch Sadiyaan as well.
By the way, you and Anjana are reuniting once again four years after Jaana – Let’s Fall In Love. Some sense of nostalgia here?
Trust me, Anjana and I are best of friends and due to this very reason, there was no sense of nostalgia or anything. Last few years have just gone by because we have been constantly in touch. When this film came to us, we just sat together, worked on the characters and participated in the workshops with Kabir. God has blessed us with a chance to do well and we are sure that we have delivered the goods. It’s an opportunity for our pairing to go out and win hearts in a big way!