In this interview Jiah Khan talks about her next release Ghajini, how she landed up in the film, her tough times shooting the film, the research which went into her role, why she thinks that this film with Aamir will be her first big commercial success, and of course, her views after viewing Aamir's fit physique...all this and more in a candid interview with the hot actress.
You seem a misfit in
Really? You think so? I had no problem fitting in. As long as you're respectful to people who are older and more experienced there's no need to try to fit in.
You are currently working with two generations of stars, Aamir and Shahid Kapur, in two different films. How does it feel?
If you consider the fact that I started my career with Mr. Bachchan as my hero, I've got three generations of remarkably talented co-stars in my first three films. I'm lucky. First, Mr. Bachchan, then Aamir and although Shahid hasn't got to their stature yet, he's equally dedicated and passionate. I think Jab We Met was fantastic. I can get along equally well with someone 16 or 60. It's a gift, I guess. I really think I'm lucky.
Ever since the common man has heard about Ghajini's first look, the promos and the songs, the only thing they haven't heard about is Jiah Khan. What say?
I'd like to say that Jiah Khan does exist in Ghajini (laughs). It's up to Aamir Khan and the producers of Ghajini and the way they want to publicize the film. What they've done with my role and my image is going to be a big surprise. But why they've kept me out of the promos is something you'll have to ask the producers.
Comparisons are bound to happen when you work with two perfectionist actors like the Big B and Aamir. Any interesting observations?
They both are very experienced, as we all know. And when you work with such an experienced bunch of actors, you tend to perform much better and get your work finished much faster. As individuals they're extremely different. The way they communicate with their co-actors is also very different. I got to learn a lot from both of them.
With no experience behind you, how did the producers and directors came knocking on your door for Ghajini?
I'd like to think it's because of my talent. You missed that out. If you see, both Nishabd and my role in Ghajini aren't glamorous. Both are performance-based roles. When you're a part of a Bollywood film industry, luck has a lot of role to play. It's good to be doing a performance-oriented role, where you concentrate less on what lipstick shades you're wearing. When the switch is on and you're at the right place, it means your time is right. I guess the producers and the directors came at the right time (laughs)
Is your voice being dubbed in Ghajini?
No it's not dubbed. It's my original voice. Everything is sync sound. Aamir Khan being a perfectionist wouldn't ok my sound being dubbed.
Was filming for Ghajini an uphill climb?
There was a lot of pressure because when you are performing with Aamir Khan or Amitabh Bachchan. For instance, you cannot give many retakes. At the back of your head you know that if you don't get it right quickly, you'll tire them out and you don't want to be doing that. But to your surprise and mine, the crew started calling me a 'one-take actress'. There were some extremely intense scenes where it was so draining and that's when Aamir lend me a helping hand.
The news circulating right now in the media is that Aamir Khan is not really happy with the way Ghajini has shaped up. Have you heard the same?
I have no idea about what you're saying and thus cannot comment on your question.
With Nishabd not working well for you, are you looking forward to touch your first commercial success with Ghajini?
I'd like to believe that, definitely. Ghajini is a commercial film unlike Nishabd but at the same time it is a thriller too. My portions in the film are very dramatic. The part of the film in which I am in, is where the thriller element comes in play. I hope Ghajini turns out to be like your question.
Do you share any screen space with Asin?
No I don't. Asin is in the first half of the film whereas I come in after the intermission.
Your skimpy outfits made you look super sexy in your debut film. What kind of outfits are we going to see you in Ghajini?
(Laughs) A complete opposite I am covered up from head to toe. So even if I wanted to show a little bit of skin, Aamir and Murgadoss would cover me up.
What will you say about Aamir's never before seen slick and sexy physique?
You know what; I was on the sets passing him, while he was in his boxer shorts shooting a scene. I actually stopped and couldn't breathe. He looked amazing. I don't know how he came up with such a physique but one thing is certain, that, it is going to melt a many.