After two back to back hits, Salman Khan is back with another laugh riot ‘Ready’. According to the actor, the film is Anees Bazmee’s ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and takes off from where ‘No Entry’ ended. Sounds difficult to imagine? But then, it is a Salman Khan film and anything can happen.
Excerpts from the interview:
Tell us about your role in Ready?
Once again, I play the role of an eternal bachelor called Prem. Asin character is an orphan named Sanjana, who lives with her greedy uncles and I teach her greedy uncles a lesson. The film is a mix of dance, romance, fun, and action and has all the elements of a typical Salman Khan film.
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So your character is similar to all the Prems you have played earlier?
Prem is a very lovable character, who takes off from where ‘No Entry’ ended and gets into the mode of ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. It is Anees Bazmee’s version of ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. It is out and out a naughty film in which every character has a sense of humor.
You had recommended that the film be shot in Sri Lanka?
Yes. The major parts of the film ‘Ready’ were shot in Sri Lanka and Thailand. I was told that it was after quite a long time that a Hindi film was short in Sri Lanka, where Tamil films are very popular with the audiences.
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Why did you insist on having the music launch of ‘Ready’ in Film City?
Yes. I wanted to use the euphoria around ‘Ready’ to bring attention to causes I believe in. My latest endeavor is to help the workers in the film industry and I want to give a percentage of my earnings from the film that I will start. I also wanted to felicitate the employees of the Film City, where I had shot for ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, my first hit.
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You have been working on remakes of South Indian films for some time. Is it your new strategy?
It is just a sheer coincidence ‘Wanted’, ‘Ready’ and ‘Bodyguard’ are remakes of South Indian hit films though I did not consciously plan anything. The reason people have liked me in films like ‘Wanted’ and ‘Dabangg’ is because the hero emerges as a larger than life character. Down South, they have not let the concept of heroism die and hence the masses go to watch films in hordes even today. However, as far as Bollywood is concerned, we have been missing the great Indian hero big time. I agreed to act in ‘Wanted’ because; I really was fed up of watching the so called niche films or rom-com.
You replaced Jacqueline Fernandes with Zarine Khan in Ready...
Jacqueline Fernandes was slated to do a song in ‘Ready’ with me but at the eleventh hour, she could not and Zarine Khan stepped in. I did not do any favor to Zarine by suggesting her name. On the contrary, it was Zarine who did us a big favor by agreeing to be part of the film though Asin had already been signed as the leading lady of the film and had the bigger role. It is another thing altogether that we did not ask any other actress to step in that role.
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