It's slated to be Ghai's biggest since Karma. And surprise surprise, Anil Kapoor will again play the lead in Ghai's new opus.
Anil is grinning from ear to ear. "I'm delighted if Subhashji thinks of me over and over again. We've just wrapped up his Black & White.And then we move on to the Big One. Usually I play black characters in his films like in Ram Lakhan I was quite a rogue. In those days that was considered black. But in Black & White I play a white character. Suddenly Subhash Ghai feels I'm the Ram in his cinema now."
Maybe because Anil is playing a modern-day Ravan in the Yashraj film? He chuckles. "Yeah. It's a coincidence that I'm playing white in Subhash Ghai's film and black in the Yashraj film. Such balancing-out acts have always happened in my career. Doing antithetical characters at the same time always make the process of going to work more exciting."
|It's a coincidence that I'm playing white in Subhash Ghai's film and black in the Yashraj film|
He adds, "I've done five films with Subhash GhaiRam Lakhan, Meri Jung, Karma, Taal and Trimurti which Mukul Anand directed. Though Trimurti flopped I'm very proud of that film. It got me great appreciation. I had stepped in Trimurtiafter Sanjay Dutt stepped out.Subhashji and I are friends off the sets, and thorough professionals on the sets. I'm a specialist at maintaining relations with my directors. Vinod Chopra and I haven't worked together since Parinda. But we're still in touch."
|Though Trimurti flopped I'm very proud of that film.|
In Race, Anil gets to work with Abbas-Mustan for the first time. "Saif had a guest appearance with me in Biwi No 1and Akshaye of course is a favourite. We're working in a number of projects together. I hope to do 18-20 films with Akshaye."
|Akshaye Khanna is my favourite. I hope to do 18-20 films with Akshaye.|
|In Parinda, Nana and I had only one brief scene together. But in Welcome we're together throughout.|
So what did Anil do while Nana Patekar and Akshay Kumar were at loggerheads? "I just stood back and watched. In Parinda we had only one brief scene together. But in Welcome we're together throughout. And I had a great time. Nana is like a childSo am I. That's why we got along so well."
|I'd love to play my daughter Sonam's father in a film. I'm on tenterhooks about the release of her debut film Sawariya. I haven't even seen one frame of her work yet.|