Arbaaz Khan: “As a producer, I have achieved more than I did as an actor”

Ketna Mistry



Arbaaz Khan who has a career spanning 25 years, with over 50 films to his name, says he thinks he is a better producer than an actor.

Reported in Mid-day, Khan shares how he has achieved more and gained control over his career as a producer. “As a producer, I have achieved more than I did as an actor. I never became a star, but today, after ‘Dabangg’ (2010), I can take charge of my career. The film also brought me fame and money,” he says.

Khan confessed during promotions at Mid-day for his upcoming film ‘Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai’, which he will be starring in. “The film kicks off in a small town in Rajasthan, travels to Mumbai and culminates in New York. Young actors like Manjari [Phadnis] and Himansh [Kohli] were very enthusiastic. There was also a lot to learn from actors like Prem Chopra and Supriya Pathak,” Khan said.

This action rom-com will see Khan paired with Manjari Phadnis for the third time, who is hoping for a hat-trick. Previously they appeared together on screen for ‘Janne Tu…Ya Janne Na (2008) and Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015). “Our previous outings were successful, and with this film, I hope we score a hat-trick. It has always been a delight to work with Arbaaz. There is so much one can learn.”

When in front of the camera, Khan knows every director has a vision in mind so rarely interferes, and states he didn’t need to advise Keshhav Panneriy. “He is an experienced filmmaker and has made movies in India, US and Canada. He knows what he requires from his cast. Directors come with their viewpoints, so I don’t interfere with them. Also, I could sense clarity in Keshhav’s work; he didn’t need my assistance.”