Of marriage and movies

No, Sajid Khan is not getting hitched next year. Although, the man confesses, he has zeroed in on his to-be bride. The tech-crazy filmmaker, who has recently been in the news for his involvement with Jacqueline Fernandez (he neither denies nor confirms it) and their alleged marriage in early 2012, talks to CS about his marriage plans and love for films:

Who: Sajid Khan
What: Talking about his marriage plans and love for sci-fi films
Where: At Fort

Knot so soon...
I am not getting hitched next year. I have been a happy bachelor for a really long time. But just because I am denying marriage next year doesn't mean that I don't want to get married at all. Marriage is definitely on my mind and it will happen eventually. I understand that I can't avoid the rumours even if I want to. Living your life under constant media scrutiny is a part of showbiz. But whenever, I get married I will invite all my friends in the media and seek their blessings.

Science fiction fan
I am a total sci-fi fanatic, and proud of the fact that I belong to the Star Wars generation. The release of films like Star Wars in the 70's changed the face of cinema world wide. I watched it as a five-year-old, and it completely changed my life. Apart from Star Wars, my other favourite sci-fi films are The Abyss by James Cameron, Watchmen by Zack Snyder, The Matrix directed by Andy Wachowski and others. I really enjoy watching these films again and again.

Unfortunately, Indian audiences aren't ready for sci-fi as a genre. Out here, the funda behind film-making is story telling. A film should entertain and connect with the audience at some level. Sci-fi films need huge budgets, and we can never match Hollywood in that regard. In India, a film with a storyline and special effects will work, but a film with only special effects will never click. Personally, I wouldn't make a sci-fi film just because I would love to make one.

Breaking myths
I don't believe that multi-starrer films are either huge blockbusters or flops. Nowadays, there are many multi-starrers. Films back in 1970s hardly had more than two stars. But then, actors used to be super busy, and to some extent unprofessional, which made it tough for the producers and directors.

My next film is the baap of all multi-starrers with 22 stars (laughs out loud). It's easier to have a mega star cast nowadays as actors have become more professional. They understand that they need to be the best to survive in this competition. While modern technology has made film-making a lot simpler, the story still forms the core element of a film. Although I will soon start work on my film with Ajay Devgn, which is a solo hero project.

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