A decade in films

It is never easy for a successful star's sibling to make it big in Bollywood. Think Randhir Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor's brother) or think Tanishaa (Kajol's sister). Arbaaz Khan may never reach his brother Salman Khan's superstar status but he sure has got a fan following of his own.

By Vijaya Sukumar (Contributor)

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Published: Fri 16 Jun 2006, 2:36 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 4:44 PM

The tall, suave actor spoke to City Times during the IIFA Weekend:

Was your decision to get into films influenced by Salman?

All along, coming from a film family I had decided that I was going to be in films. I could not see myself doing a 9 to 5 job. I liked the kind of life that my father led. I liked that creativity, the freedom of working when you wanted to and yet being recognised, famous, rich and respected. It so happened that Salman being elder and having had the same interest had a debut before me. I had a slightly chequered start to my career. Fortunately I got my first major break in the film Daraar directed by Abbas Mustan. It's been 10 years now and I am still around so I don't have anything to regret about.

Has coming from a film-based family been advantageous or disadvantageous?

There is always a flip side to everything but the disadvantages are hardly any. They just give you more impetus to do something. If people feel the need to compare me with Salman or try to put me in that league it just makes me work harder to probably find a niche for myself. Not that I think you can compete with someone like Salman, but the advantages are far more as you tend to get recognised a little earlier.

What is your role in Sanjay Gupta's forthcoming film Shootout at Lokhandwala?

There are three principal characters, all cops. I play Javed Shaikh, a Hyderabadi cop who is disillusioned with the system, Sunjay Dutt and Arjun Rampal play the others. Then there comes a situation where he finds another set of dedicated young cops who try to bring him back to the kind of life he was once leading. They convince him and help him regain the spirit that he earlier had.

The trend seems to be more towards multi-star films. What would you attribute this to?

The film industry goes through phases, trends of musical films, romantic films, horror films, do happen. You do have times where people tend to make movies of a similar kind. Today to be one of many in a film doesn't really matter. We have gone the Hollywood style where you can have an ensemble cast and still be appreciated for your 10-minute role.

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