Q: Is a sequel to Koi'Mil Gaya on the anvil'
Yes, finally. after 8-9 long months Dad has finalised a script that will be three times as big as Koi'Mil Gaya. He always does this. After Kaho Na'Pyar Hai he made a film that was twice as big. It'd make life simpler for all of us if he'd just make something more manageable. But, of course, there's no fun and challenge in that, is there'
Q: So what's it going to be'
We needed to take on a bigger challenge. That's what my Dad is doing in his next. And it's scaring the hell out of both of us. It's going to be an even bigger risk than Koi'Mil Gaya. It's going to go forward from where Koi'Mil Gaya left off.
It won't have the same alien characters like Jadoo. It will be the story of what happens to Rohit after the alien, Jadoo, gives him the supernatural powers and goes away. It isn't really a sequel as such. Dad got an idea and it just seemed to flow from Koi'Mil Gaya. We aren't making Part 2 of that film. It's a challenging idea and a humongous risk. Compared to this film, Koi'Mil Gaya was a baby step. The new film will be shot in Singapore, India and New Zealand.
Q: Will it have lots of special effects'
Even more than Koi'Mil Gaya. It's the biggest film we've produced so far. But let me add, we aren't consciously trying to get bigger with each film. We're doing what we think is right. Just like Koi'Mil Gaya, this film will take me into a realm where no leading man from Indian cinema has ever been.
Q: Have you been growing your hair for this film'
Yeah, I tried the new look for myself. Now I've decided to use that look in this film. Rohit in Koi'Mil Gaya was the most challenging role of my career. But just facing up to the challenge was so exciting, it never felt like hard work. I hope the same thing happens with this film. True, I give 100 per cent to all my roles. But sometimes it works out better than others.
Q: When do you begin'
In March 2005 for a start-to-finish schedule. So far the principal actors have been signed. Besides me and Priyanka Chopra, there's Rekha and Naseeruddin Shah. We need to finalise another actress to play Priyanka's best friend.
Q: What will it be called'
The title hasn't been finalised. But obviously it will have a 'K' in it. I guess until Dad runs out of the 'K' words in the dictionary we'll have K-titles.
Q: Have you signed anything else'
Nothing yet. I've been looking at scripts. But nothing really appeals enough to sign on. There're talks about other films. But as of now, my Dad's film is my only assignment.