As Imran Khan steps into the Three Os! today, he admits that it will be a landmark year for him in more ways than one. And the young star says that he has intentions of making it special for his family as well. “Ever since I started working, I have celebrated my birthdays on sets. My family had to keep waiting ki Imran kab ghar aayega. I would get home, cut the cake and go to sleep. But this year, I will celebrate with my family,” says Imran as we catch up with him for a tete-a-tete.
What are your plans for today?
Avantika is plan ning a big bash. I am not the kind to get excited on birthdays; I find the attention very embarrassing. So, I’m just going to go along with what they’ve all planned.
Thirty is a landmark year...
Yes and in my case it couldn’t be more true (laughs). There’s more clarity in life. Personally, I feel more settled than ever. I have built my family home and feel like a grown-up. Professionally too, I feel that Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola has been a game-changer. Today, directors see me differently as compared to a year ago, and I am respected as an actor. There’s less scepticism. And I have much to thank Vishal (Bhardwaj) for. Ever since I signed the film, there’s been a clear shift in people’s perception of me, and that reflects in the kind of movies I am getting and doing now.
The risk of moving out of the romcom zone and trading your chocolate hero image with rustic Matru seems to have paid off...
Absolutely. I am really glad that my work has been appreciated as there was a lot of pressure. Doing a Vishal Bhardwaj movie, and acting with Pankaj Kapur, involves a lot of pressure. With people liking my performance, it’s like emerging victorious.
You have more masala films this year...
Yes, films that are not just romcoms. There is Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again and Milan
Talkies and Punit Malhotra’s film.
On the personal front, any plans to start a family?
Not this year. This year is going to be my busiest. And when I plan a family, I want to be around Avantika in every possible way. So, it’s something that I want.. but the responsibility is huge. So, we will think about it when I can give it the time my family deserves.