New Delhi: He has mostly played urban
characters but actor Imran Khan is set for quite an image
makeover with his turn as a Haryanvi boy in Vishal Bhardwaj’s
film Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola.
Like the unusual title, the film is an experience for the
actor, who initially found it hard to picture himself as a
village boy. Imran, however, is excited about the challenge.
After all, Bhardwaj is known for visualising his actors
“Vishal sir had congratulated me for my work in ‘Delhi
Belly’ and said he would like to work with me someday. I was
really flattered but did not take it seriously but he called
me a few months later for this film,” Imran told PTI in an
“He (Vishal) narrated the screenplay to me and I loved it
because I knew it was a great story. But, I would not have
imagined myself into it. It is very rustic. I asked him, ‘Are
your sure I am right for this character?’ and he was,” the
29-year-old actor added.
Imran, on his part, is currently busy polishing his
Haryanvi accent for the movie, which went on floors recently.
“I have set up base in Delhi. I have been taking accent
training with some boys from Haryana for a month and half. It
is very difficult but an ongoing process. I am not completely
satisfied with myself,” says Imran.
The actor found success with his very first film Jaane
Tu… Ya Jaane Na in 2008 but things did not go very well
with his Kidnap and Luck.
It was not a good phase for the actor, who seemed an one
film wonder at that time. He tasted success again with “I Hate
Luv Storys” but it was Delhi Belly that helped Imran change
people’s perception about him.
Imran, however, seems ready for the ups and downs in his
“I have grown up in this industry. It prepared me for the
upheavals. May be it is difficult for those who come from
outside but I knew the volatile nature of the industry and
entered films knowing the risks.
“The highs are so high and the lows are so low and public
that you need to be able to hold on. I was emotionally and
mentally prepared for that long before I started. I don’t let
success go to my head and failure to my heart,” says Imran.
His preparedness does not extend to planning his career.
The actor says he likes to take things as they come.
“You can’t control the future, it will shape up on its
own. I am driven to do my best and rest is in the hands of the
audience. My goal is happiness. I think, it is easier to be
happy than people imagine. The trick is to know what is
important to you. In my case, my family, friends and work are
important to me.”
The actor has once again managed to get critics’ approval
with his controlled performance opposite Kareena Kapoor in
recently released “Ekk Main Aur Ekk Tuu”, which saw him
portraying a meek youngster bullied by his parents.
“The tricky thing about my role was that all of his
thoughts, feeling and emotions are not displayed. Generally,
in Hindi films there is more overacting but the challenge was
to keep everything underplayed and still try to make it
interesting for the audience.
“I could relate to the character because I have seen many
of my friends living the life that their parents want them to