He won the hearts of the audience with his phenomenal act in Mubrakan. The film fared well at the box office and successfully managed to tickle the funny bone of the audience. Though actor Pavan Malhotra is extremely pleased with the love and acclaim he has received for films like Pardes, Jab We Met, Don, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and several others, on the other hand he is somewhere unhappy with the fact that some of his best works like Salim Landge Pe Mat Ro, Bagh Bahadur, Children Of War haven’t been spoken about by the Indian media. He quipped “I don’t understand why the media has been so reluctant in speaking about my films like Salim Landge Pe Mat Ro and Bagh Bahadur. They are my best works till date. Quite surprisingly, many haven’t seen it”, In a conversation with actor Pavan Malhotra, team Act-Atainment talks to him about his upcoming film Judwaa 2, his equation with Shah Rukh Khan & Subhash Ghai, future plans and more.
Interviewed By: Team Act-Atainment
It feels great. In fact, I was the first person to be approached for this movie. The script came to me four years ago. It was a great experience working with the entire cast. I am happy that the audience enjoyed my act.
I am little khadoos but at the same time, I am too disciplined. While shooting for a film and even otherwise, I make it a point to reach before time.
At a point in time, though Mr Amrish Puri and Mr Amjad Khan were renowned theatre personalities, they had to go out looking for work. Even after the release of Mr Amrish Puri’s film Nishant in 1975, filmmakers were not willing to cast him. Also, Amjad Khan was never the first choice for Sholay. Quite contrary to the above situation, there was a phase where every filmmaker wanted to cast them. So, I don’t have any complaints.
I never thought of becoming a superstar. I always wanted to do roles which are meaty and prominent. Salim Landge Pe Mat Ro is a great film but unfortunately it wasn’t marketed well and hence it didn’t reach many people. Also, the media didn’t talk about it which is very disappointing. Indian Media is concerned about publishing stories concerning love and relationships of Indian actors. All, they do is, keep shifting jobs from one publication house to another.
I am choosy about roles. Sometimes in order to be a part of good work, you have to learn to say no.
He never approached me after Pardes and neither did I approach him for work.
I remember going around places in search of work during my early days. That’s how I started networking with people. All I can say is that I have been very fortunate and God has been extremely grateful in helping me achieve several milestones in life.
I would have been a production manager in films
No. I don’t have business acumen.
We are very nice and cordial to each other while shooting. Otherwise, we don’t interact. Though I know him, I can’t call him my friend. Whenever we meet, we get along well.
I feel every genre is challenging and as an actor I want to be a part of everything. An actor should be versatile.
I would say that one should just keep trying and give some time to themselves in order to know if things are working or not. One should try and make the most out of every opportunity.
My character in the film draws some inspiration from the prequel. I am playing a cop. Hopefully, I will entertain people to the hilt with my act.