ĎMusic takes a lot of
Imaad Shah, who was recently seen in Sooni Taraporevalaís Little
Zizou, speaks to Ritesh Sharma
on films, music, his father and more
Apart from music and acting Imaad Shah, Naseeruddin
Shahís son, is also keen to direct films
You have always
maintained that music is your first love.
It is and it
will remain. I love expressing myself with my kind of music. But
I love films too. I enjoy acting and I am always open to
something that is good. I canít accept and do everything that
comes my way.
Much like your
I donít know
really. He is a great actor. I might think like him but we are
different people. He is a great father who has never stopped me
from doing anything. I think thatís good. So long he has faith
in me he wonít impose anything on me. He is happy with me, my
decisions and the way I am doing. Even my mother (Ratna Pathak
Shah) thinks like my father. We all are independent in our
choices and decisions and thatís what binds us together.
How did Little
anything else that appealed me more than the role and the
script. The script was simple`85very real life and moreover it
had a brilliant cast. Sooni (Taraporevala) knows and understands
films. This is one role I wanted to play.
You made your
acting debut in your fatherís debut directorial venture Yun
Hota To Kya Hota and then you acted in Dil Dosti Etc.
I will act in
more films but the role has to appeal me. Also Iím still
recovering from the near fatal accident I met with some time
back. In fact, Sooni had to bring in a minor change in the
script. I am shown limping in the film and that was after Sooni
thought that to bring in a more realistic touch she should
include it in the script. The train incident was something,
which still gives me shiver down my spine. I almost stayed home
for months after that. I read a lot of books, and practiced
music. I wrote a lot of songs and a few scripts.
You plan to
I will for sure
do that. May be soon, may be it will be delayed by sometime but
certainly I will. Music takes a lot of my time.
So, where has
music taken you?
taken me anywhere. I am playing a lot these days`85at the
colleges and city bars. Now my band is more established. We are
focused. Letís see what happens next.
are actively into theatre and to a great extent you too are. Any
plans of directing a theatre?
group Motley is really doing fine. We still have 10 live
productions and my dad and mom are happy with the way it is
doing. I though intend to direct a film first.
Have you seriously
taken a decision?
Of course but I
canít promise the time. There are a few scripts. I havenít
even decided which one to direct.
directing your father some day?
Why not? There
are a few roles where I have him in my mind. I havenít spoken
to him at length. It will be interesting`85 he is a great actor.
But your father
has always said that he is a bad director?
because his only directorial venture didnít work. But I think
the opposite. Yun Hota`85 didnít work because there
were a lot many problems. It wasnít marketed well. Moreover,
the producers had a completely different mentality from what my
father has. At the end the film had only`85 say around 10 per
cent of what was actually shot`85 Dad was upset. I know he has
great potential as a director. He is better than many others
today. But at the same time he is growing old and age has a lot
to do with stamina. Maybe he is tired and has lost that
enthusiasm. But I am always in the process of convincing him. I
am sure I will succeed in making him direct a film some day.
Do you think
that with realistic films being made today and actors like you,
Abhay Deol, Rahul Bose, and Ranvir Shorey a lot of the industryís
future depends on you?
are being made but thereís a different side to it. Itís not
only good roles but also the urge to try out something new. Be
it films or the music in Bollywood, everything is changing. I
think Abhay in that case has been lucky in getting good roles.
He got a chance to work with some young talents who offered him
good roles and he delivered his best. We couldnít have
imagined such films as Dev D or Oye Lucky Lucky Oye
or even Khosla Ka Ghosla a few years ago. So it is not
the actors but the future depends on the new breed of directors
who are doing a fantastic job.