'Destiny is bigger than talent'

Himesh Reshammiya opens up about the burqa controversy and his acting debut

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Published: Sun 1 Jul 2007, 11:04 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:10 AM

Are things being blown out of proportion because you are making a debut?

Let me tell you that I really did not want to hurt anyone. I had no intentions of wearing the burqa either. By the time I reached Ajmer Sharif, people had already got a wind of my arrival. There was a huge crowd awaiting me. Security became a huge problem. Soon, it became impossible to handle the crowd. I had kept a mannat and I needed to enter the dargah and with such a crowd, I just couldn't risk entering the premises. It was suggested that I wear a burqa. However, if I've hurt anyone's sentiments, I sincerely apologise for that. I do not wish to hurt anyone.

Can you name three actors whom you are trying to emulate?

If I had to mention three names, then it would definitely be Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. They are the legends of the industry.

How is it that you missed out on Salman Khan who has been your driving force?

Of course, Salmanbhai's blessings are always there for me. I'm also very curious to know Salmanbhai's comments on my acting style. Not just him, I wish to know the reactions of the whole film industry.

Since you've given so many musical hits to Emraan Hashmi, how does it feel to have your film compete with an Emraan starrer that released on the same day?

I'm not competing with Emraan. With my mother's blessings, I wish all the films run well.

Could you clear the whole controversy regarding Mallika Sherawat's presence in your film?

I don't know from where the news of Mallika Sherawat charging Rs1.5 crore for an item number in my film started circulating in the media. I repeat, Mallika has a fullfledged 35-minutes of negative role and has two songs in the film.

If Mallika is so important to the film, why isn't Aap Kaa Suroor known as a Mallika Sherawat film too?

Aap Kaa Suroor is everybody's film.

You are already planning a sequel. Is this a new concept or was it planned right at the beginning?

We had planned the sequel at the very beginning. If this film does well, we will make a sequel.

Once the film releases, will you change your look?

In this film, I'll come on screen without a cap for five to 10 minutes. If the audience likes my look without the cap, I will go for it in my sequel too. It also depends on what my sister, Rupa, who has designed my look thinks.

How do you handle fan adulation?

It's all up to destiny. I've always believed that destiny is bigger than talent.



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