Rahul Khanna says that rather than associating himself with a ‘crap’ film, he prefers not working at all

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Published: Fri 25 Nov 2005, 7:09 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:08 PM

He was last spotted in the multi-starrer Elaan, perhaps his first commercial potboiler in his seven years in Bollywood. But then Rahul Khanna has always been choosy, to the extent of often been misjudged as pricey. The criticisms, fortunately, haven't changed him. He still calls himself a boring conversationalist. Mother of all surprises is that while elusive brother Akshaye is on a film-signing spree, Rahul prefers to take it easy. City Times has a tête-à-tête with the handsome actor:

Firstly, you have literally no film happening. Any sort of deliberation here?

Not really. After Elaan, I just haven't got the kind of film I want to work in. I prefer going slow. Rather than associating myself with a crap film, I prefer not working at all. I have been reading some good scripts lately but I am not too sure whether I should do them. I make a slow but a good decision, something which I do not regret later.

Just plain choosy, you haven't changed, huh?

I don't think I am choosy but yes, I like working in a chilled-out atmosphere, a sort of environment which oozes comfort. I think based on what comes my way. I always prefer working on my own terms, much like Akshaye. I am not a producer or director who acts — because that way, you get what you want. In the case of an actor, you never know what comes your way. At times, you get a mind-blowing script; at others, the script isn't worth reading at all, leave aside working in it. So, it happens.

So, how do you judge a potentially strong script?

It is easy to sense a good script. But my criterion over the years hasn't changed — I still opt for a good script, and a good maker. A good director can makes things look rosy.

The topic of directors brings us to Water. Don't you miss out working with your favourite Deepa Mehta?

You wouldn't believe but at one point, I was offered the film. But a problem with the producer made me refuse it. But I am glad that it was all mutually done. I respect Deepa all too much. But I am not sad that I couldn't be a part of the film. I am sure John (Abraham) has done a wonderful job. As for Deepa, she always gives her best.

Lastly, Elaan was your first foray into the commercial medium. When it flopped, what was your reaction?

To be frank, I wasn't disappointed. I was also surprised a bit, because it turned out really well. But then, at the box office, you never really know. But I am dying to work in a good film — be it commercial or anything. I don't care about the genre, as long as I enjoy it (laughs).

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