(From left) Keshav Panneriy, Arbaaz Khan, Manjari Phadnis and Himansh Kohli at the mid-day office
After featuring in over 50 films in a career spanning 25 years, Arbaaz Khan says he is a better filmmaker than actor, "As a producer, I have achieved more than I did as an actor. I never became a star, but today, after 'Dabangg' , I can take charge of my career. The film also brought me fame and money," he says.
Ironically, Arbaaz made this confession in the midst of promotions at the mid-day office for his upcoming acting venture, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, an action rom-com with an ensemble cast.
"The film kicks off in a small town in Rajasthan, travels to Mumbai and culminates in New York. Young actors like Manjari [Phadnis] and Himansh [Kohli] were very enthusiastic. There was also a lot to learn from actors like Prem Chopra and Supriya Pathak," says Arbaaz.
The film pairs Manjari with Arbaaz for the third time — their previous collaborations include Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na (2008) and Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015). The actress tells mid-day, "Our previous outings were successful, and with this film, I hope we score a hat-trick. It has always been a delight to work with Arbaaz. There is so much one can learn."
When called on board a project as an actor, Arbaaz seldom interferes with the director's vision, and insists he didn't need to give inputs to Keshhav Panneriy.
"He is an experienced filmmaker and has made movies in India, US and Canada. He knows what he requires from his cast. Directors come with their viewpoints, so I don't interfere with them. Also, I could sense clarity in Keshhav's work; he didn't need my assistance," adds Arbaaz.