MUMBAI: Yesteryears actor Vinod Khanna is all set to make a comeback in Bollywood with a string of films.
Khanna will first be seen in Vishram Sawant’s Risk, which is due for release on 15 December. “Risk came to me out of the blue. Vishram approached me without knowing that I wanted to make a comeback in films.”
Elaborating on the reason for his comeback, he says, “I have been elected as an MP for the third time and am quite settled with my constituency, so I wanted to come back to films. I am ready to work. I have a family to support and responsibilities to fulfill. Moreover, I thought this is the correct time for me to sign films again.”
In Risk Khanna is essaying the role of a negative character. “I don’t mind playing a negative character as long as it is exciting for me to it. I think today everyone from Shah Rukh to Ajay Devgan to Amitabh Bachchan play negative characters. It’s challenging and I like it.”
The Amitabh Bachchan – Vinod Khanna duo had created ripples in the film industry in the 80’s. Does he hope to create the same magic again? “I would jump to the opportunity to work with Amitabh. He has had an amazing career. Only a man of his stature could have maintained his career span in such a manner.”
When queried as to what are the other characters and film subjects that he is looking forward to, Khanna says, “I don’t mind playing anything as long as it is interesting. I wouldn’t even mind doing roles where I have to romance younger or older women. I wouldn’t even mind co-acting with my sons. In fact we hope to work on a film with Vikram Bhatt, which he writing for us.”
What’s more, Khanna is also looking at directing and producing films in the future. “In the 70’s, I dabbled with a lot of scripts, so I might revive them or I might hook on to a contemporary subject. But I’d like to settle down as an actor first and then venture into direction.”
After Risk, Khanna has another untitled film lined up. The film has been shot in Dubai and has in it Indian and Pakistani actors, where he plays a sophisticated godfather. He also has a musical family drama with Subhsash Ghai, which will be directed by Ghai.