'Salman-Shah Rukh are both good people'

Aug 07, 2012, 08:52 IST | Kunal M Shah

Nikhil Dwivedi on his equation with Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and his upcoming film

Nikhil Dwivedi might have been out of news for a while but the actor is all set to make a comeback with his next film with Richa Chadha. Post that he will commence work on another, believed to be based on gangster Abu Salem. In an interview Nikhil talks about his equations with SRK and Salman, while trying to dodge questions about his gangster next...

Nikhil Dwivedi

How do you manage to stay close to both SRK and Salman?
Because they are both good people. And let’s go to the next question please.

We heard you are doing a biopic on Abu Salem. Is that right?
I will not take names but my next project is currently a work in progress. All I can say is that for an actor, it’s always a challenge to play a real-life character and especially if the subject has been so much in public domain. I cannot reveal much yet, but I am extremely excited to start work on my next, which will be loosely inspired from real life people, events and happenings.

But why Abu Salem?
I did not say it’s about Abu Salem.

Is it true you had applied for permission to visit Taloja jail, where Salem is currently housed?
(Looking surprised) Well what can I say? RAW must hire you!

You seem to be drawn more towards realistic cinema. What’s your take on mainstream films?
I do not differentiate. Cinema is cinema. It should entertain and wherever and whenever possible, it must make a relevant point about the society. Recently I saw Bol Bachchan and loved it. Especially, Abhishek Bachchan. I personally feel his full potential has yet not been realised. He has what it takes to change the rules of the game. One day he will explode.

Your film Hate Story is the most downloaded film on the internet in the history of Indian cinema. How does that feel?
(Laughs) I think credit goes to Vivek Agnihotri, Vikram Bhatt and Paoli Dam. But yes, it does feel good to be a part of a commercially successful film. 

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