June - July 2004
Interview - Zayed Khan - Birth Of A New Khan
In the recent past, Bollywood is known for
its "Khans". First Amir, then Salman followed by Shah Rukh
Khan. At a time when Bollywood is domaninated by the "Khan" factor,
here comes along another Khan, who looks promising. With his debut in "Chura
Liya", Zaid Khan has come a long way. Son of actor Sanjay Khan and
cousin of Fardeen Khan, Zaid was written off by critics after his debut
Well when Shah Rukh was looking for an actor for "Main Hun Na",
and presto Zaid bagged this film. While this interview was done "Main
Hun Na" was to be released. By the time this interview goes for
print, the movie is already a box office hit. Director Farah Khan has
delivered one of the biggest hits of the year. Rajan Patel meets with
Zaid for a short talk.
How did you "bag" this role?
I got the film by default. I came in from
Goa hoping in vain that Farah would do a song for me in Churaliya and
little did I know that she had other things in mind. I was looking like
a complete ragamuffin, with a long beard and long hair, and I had no
idea that Farah was going to direct a film. As I was sitting there Shahrukh
walked in and told me about the role and also said that the role I was
being offered was better than his, and that I should do it if I really
wanted to do it.
What is your character in the film?
I am playing Shahrukh's younger brother who
is very rebellious, self absorbed, egoistic, and careless and a loveable
kind of guy who blames his attitude on the traumatic past that he has.
His contagious nature makes him very popular and everyone wants to be like
him. After meeting Sharukh, his life changes and he becomes responsible
for his actions.
Experiences with SRK ( popular nick
name for Shah Rukh in Bollywood) ?
Shahrukh was amazing, he has always gone out
of his way to help out and any advice he has given has always been keeping
the bigger picture in mind. Even when I used to fumble he never got impatient
on the other hand he used to constantly encourage me to carry on.
Tell us more about the projects at hand?
I am currently doing Vaada (A Vashu Bhagnani
Film), Shabd (A PNC Production), and Maidan (A film directed by Puneet
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