Actor Imran Khan, who is gearing up for the release of his eagerly anticipated movie ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, said that by working with a veteran director like Vishal Bhardwaj he has benefited tremendously.
“I never realized it before, but now I realize that you get tremendous benefit as an actor. Earlier, I have worked with first-time directors or second-time directors... there is a sense of two of us finding our way together. We used to find the correct way of working. Here I am working with someone who has consistently proved himself and he knows what the correct way of working is,” said Imran Khan to IANS.
Imran Khan, who till now has played roles of modern, boy-next-door, will be seen playing a village boy for the first time. In the movie Imran Khan plays Haryanvi boy and the actor said that he was apprehensive about the role before he started shooting for the movie.
“I was skeptical. I had great doubts about whether I will be able to learn the body language correctly. I was very nervous and I spoke to Vishal about it. He said, 'I have immense faith in you'. He said, 'if you can put your best effort, then you can do it',” said Imran adding that Vishal Bhardwaj constantly kept encouraging.
The actor said that he had to put in a lot of effort and prepare for the role.
“He introduced to me a teacher named N.K. Sharma in Delhi. He has a theater group in Delhi. I spent two to three months in Delhi working with him to understand the dialogues and the body language. Everything had to be learnt from scratch,” he said.
The actor is nervous about how the movie will fair at the box-office.
“I think that in my experience, any person, who is an honest artist or an honest worker, will always be nervous about whether they have done a good job or not. The greatest people that I know or I respect would say, 'Did I do good enough and can I do better?'” he said.
On a different note, Imran Khan confessed that there were very few honest critics in his life.
“The biggest critics in my life are my mom and my wife Avantika. The truth is that when you become an actor, when you become a celebrity, people will come and tell you 'Bro, you are the best; you have done a good job'. So those people are everywhere,” he said.
“What is very rare is people who will say these are your weaknesses, this is your problem and this is where you have to work on. People who will honestly do that, those are very rare,” he concluded.
The movie ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’ also stars Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and Arya Babbar.
The movie is all set to release on January 11.