The Chote Nawab is in Kolkata on a four-day schedule for his first home production. Our correspondent Sreya Basu caught up with the fourth deadly Khan of Bollywood-Saif Ali-on his film and his love interest Kareena Kapoor.Your first home production is called PRODUCTION NO 1. Don’t you think it’s a bit weird title for a film?
You see, we still have not been able to think of a title for the film. For the time being we are calling it PRODUCTION NO 1. since this film is my first home production under the banner of Illuminati films.
What kind of a storyline the film follows?
I am totally a romantic person. I swear by love, especially at this point of my life. And so obviously this film too is going to be an out-an-out romantic flick. On a more serious note we are trying to portray love in the past era and as it is now. Earlier emotional attachment was given more priority but now it’s physical relationship that is in the crux of most relations.
Your first home production is a romantic flick but it’s strange to know that instead of Kareena Kapoor Deepika Padukone has been cast opposite you!
That’s the limitation of an actor-cum-producer. You have no option but to obey the director Imtiaz Ali’s decision on the cast. Thankfully Kareena had already worked with Imtiaz in JAB WE MET and they are good friends. So there were no problems. Besides she will be doing Imtiaz’s next under my company banner. In that film she will be romancing Akshay Kumar and that squares the equation.
How is it like to be a producer?
I am pretty lazy, laid back actually. I hate rushing and running around just for the fact that the world demands that. But of course, I love my profession and that’s where my mentality has changed a bit. In the beginning of my career I was just having fun. Then I got married, had kids and settled. I wasn’t even trying to grow. It’s only in the last few years that I started enjoying this film business from my heart. As a result it won’t be wrong to claim that I have grown as a good actor. Now here I am, all set to even make movies and invest in Bollywood.
We heard Kareena drops into the sets of your film whenever possible. Is it true?
Not always but whenever possible. See, we remain so busy with our films that we hardly get to spend time with each other unless we forcibly do so. Only a few days back both of us were shooting in San Francisco where I was shooting for this film and she was for some other. Kareena used to drop in whenever she could and vice versa. But she is too professional to interfere during the shots and even refused to look at the monitor.
It is almost a year that you and Kareena are together. How has the journey been?
Well, we started off like just another couple. But the constant media glare has grown louder with days. As for the personal front I have got a friend and a dream lover in Bebo (Kareena Kapoor).
When are you getting married?
Generally it’s media that decides the dates of our marriage and separation. Jokes apart, nothing is fixed till date. But one thing I can assure you that it’s not going to be a hush-hush affair-every one will be invited as both of us want the grandest wedding.