Just a few days prior to the November 26 release of Break Ke Baad, Imran Khan sat down for a press conference at Reliance Big Pictures Manhattan offices, together with BKB’s Associate Producer, Vicky Bahri. Imran took great care to repeat each person’s name after they introduced themselves before asking their questions.
He was refreshingly frank about the roles he gets offered (as a baby-faced 27-year-old), his working relationship with his famous uncle (Aamir Khan) and his thoughts on possible Hollywood roles. For the amount of media attention he receives, he’s remarkably unaffected.
Q: How did you get on board for this film?
IK: I initially turned it down after I read the script. I was halfway through I Hate Luv Storys when Danish (the director) came back with a new script. This character has a lot in common with my character from Jaane Tu “¦ Ya Jaane Na, he’s a grown-up version.
Q: What draws you to do a film?
IK: Three things bring me to a film: the script, the director and a producer who’ll support the director, not interfere and also who won’t forget the project.
Q: What was it like working with Deepika?
IK: I didn’t really know her before, but since she’s become a close friend. She cares very deeply about her work. She always wants to do better in each film. It pushes you to try harder and it makes you look better on screen.
Q: (to Vicky Bahri): How is it co-producing with Kunal (Kohli)?
We all have directorial backgrounds and we look at film from that perspective, so we can help the director because we know where he’s coming from. And these guys worked really hard. We had a grinding schedule in Mauritius, with 4am/5am wake-up calls.
Q: Why are you here in NY and NJ to promote this film?