Armaan Kohli : ''I am single now''
In this exclusive interview to Blockbuster, the actor credits Salman for offering him Bigg Boss and Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo and reviving his career.
By Jyothi Venkatesh
Why did you leave acting?
I did not leave acting. I didn’t want to do something stupid and regret again. One fine day Salman Khan called me up and ordered me to go into Bigg Boss. And then after I left Bigg Boss, Bhai offered me Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. I feel that my second innings in films is even bigger and better than my earlier innings. I did miss acting as I belong to a family that directs and acts. Acting comes in my blood and is a natural process for me.
Which was your last film as an actor?
My last film as an actor was LOC in 2003 for J P Dutta. It was after ten years that I came into Bigg Boss. I should say my stint in Bigg Boss gave me a lot more recognition. It is not a rigged show and even people who do not like you start connecting with you when you are in the Bigg Boss house. I have fans in Japan, Australia, Finland etc .The visibility became five folds more.
Why do you not act in TV serials?
I do not want to act in TVserials, though I recieved a lot of offers before and after I was in Bigg Boss. I may make my own home productions but do not want to act in them. I am not keen on doing saas bahu serials. Actors are not prioritised in TV and the working hours are also wierd.
What went wrong with your stint in films?
The films I had signed went wrong. I signed 60 films but the films that went on the floors were those that weren’t supposed to do well. I am glad that after sitting at home for ten years, I got an opportunity to work in a Rajshri film and that too with Salmanbhai. Earlier movie making used to be nothing but torture but now it has become a pleasure.
What is your role in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo?
I play Chirag in Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. He is the Head CEO of the Estate of the prince. It is the story of three brothers. My character confuses the family and creates splits. I play the white collared bad man. I do not think Rajshri has ever had a villain. In the last 20 years, they have not had even a slap in their films.
What kind of roles would you love to do in films?
I do not want to do something which does not convince me or is upto the mark. I want to be the best villain in the country after Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo. The two most important characters in any film are the hero and the villain and the rest are character artistes. If the villain is weak, the hero will also become weak.Salman Khan is one of the supreme beings I have ever met. He feels happy helping people, which is a rarity in the film industry. My mum and Salman’s mum have been friends for years but I have never taken advantage of that. I waited for my luck and opportunity till Salmanbhai felt Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo was my best bet. He is the elder brother that I never had in my life. All the directors in our country should learn how to direct films from Soorajji.
Is wedding with Tanisha Mukerjee on the cards?
Right now, I am single and ready to mingle.
What next after Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo?
I have signed a two film deal with Sajid Nadiadwala, and by January next year, one of them will go on the floors. I am planning to start three home productions. I will produce and act in our films but I am open to direct films for outsiders. I have written 2 love stories too.