Fusion Ď09 musical
blend from the Boys of Wesley
FUSION Ď09, a
grand musical extravaganza presented by the boys of
Wesley College Colombo will take place at 6.30 pm on
Saturday June 27, 2009 at the Ananda College Auditorium.
This concert blends the musical traditions of both
the Oriental and Occidental worlds in a memorable
evening of music, song and dance, and, showcases the
multi-dimensional talents of the boys of Wesley College.
Taking pride of place will be performances by the
Wesley College English, Sinhala and Tamil choirs, while
the Eastern and Western Bands will showcase their
prowess in items ranging from trumpets and snares to a
throbbing ĎBera SadvaniyaĒ.
The stage also explodes with the dexterity of Western
HipHop dancers in a specially choreographed item,
together with delightful Sinhala and Tamil folk dances.
The piŤce-de-rťsistance will be a special dedication
to our war heroes, the valiant armed forces of Sri
Lanka, as the three choirs join voices to present a
tri-lingual performance symbolising a united Mother
Tickets are priced at Rs. 250/-, Rs. 500/- and Rs.
1000/- and are available at the College Office during
Saif Ali Khan: I have a lot of
love in my life
Saif Ali Khan is, easily, one of the most charming and
intelligent actors of our times. He is also very polite,
as he patiently answers all the questions you put forth.
How difficult was the job of producing a
It is difficult, because you are never a 100% satisfied.
You always want to make a few changes. If you want a
glass of water, someone has to get it. That way, every
detail has to be organised. I have had a fantastic team.
My partner, Dinesh Vijan, has been amasing. I didnít
shoulder the responsibility of everything. Imtiaz Ali
told me at the beginning of the film, that he wanted me
to be only an actor, not look into the nitty gritties of
production. I have been involved creatively, in terms of
promos and posters, as I am most interested in that.
Dinesh has handled the other aspects.
This is your first baby as a producer.
How do you feel?
I think, when a film releases, you are always nervous.
As a producer, you feel different, because it is your
product. Everything you have designed is a result of
your decision, so, that is frightening and exciting at
the same time. I am feeling very positive though.
Many of your colleagues are
well-established producers. Have you sought or do you
plan to seek advice from them?
I think, I have been fortunate enough to work with big
banners, and my successful films have been with big
banners. I think, more than the banner and the director,
success also has to do with the star cast. We always
learn from people around us. I have friends in the
industry: not just colleagues who are producers, but
also producers who are my friends. Farhan Akhtar and
Karan Johar would be more than happy to help me. I
havenít called anyone to ask for help, as yet. We tried
our utmost with the team we had. We have managed to make
a film somehow, and it has been a learning process.
Why did it take you so long to turn
My interest isnít in production. After working for 18
years, one feels it would be nice to own a little bit of
what you are working for, to be a little more involved,
creatively, and work a little more for yourself. It is
okay to have opinions as actors. Everyone has feelings
and opinions for their films, but when your own money is
involved, those inputs mean something else. That level
of involvement in the business, that has given me so
much, is something I wanted to try. Also, right now, the
market is very different. I was not ready earlier,
today, I feel ready. Now, we have so many studios and
very few independent producers. I want to be an
You have worked with many producers.
Have you learnt any doís or doníts from them?
I thought that the food should be good and people should
get paid on time. (Laughs)
Your son Ibrahim had a cameo in Tashan. Now that you are
a producer, will he be part of your films?
He is still depressed that Tashan flopped at the Box
Why did you decide to work with Imtiaz Ali?
One always gets a vibe when you hear a script and meet
somebody. A great actor once said that, the clever thing
an actor does is not acting but listening and choosing
the right script in the drawing room. I loved the
script, when Imtiaz Ali narrated it to me, and that is
how we began working together.
The story of the films looks like it is
based in two different eras: the present era and the
60ís. So does it show how love has changed over time?
It is very difficult to compare love stories, because
the experience of love is the same. A lot of cinematic
and real life love stories have certain obstacles that
can change. In todayís times, it is career, distance,
etc, but in our parentsí time, it was something else.
So, the process of falling in love can change with the
times, but the feeling is the same. That is what the
film is about. The í60s portion is a part of the story.
It isnít really a comparison. It isnít a double role as
The story is, primarily, of a guy called
Jai, who doesnít believe in love. He thinks Romeo and
Juliet, Heer-Ranjha are romantic stories that have
ruined our lives, because they tell people how love
should be. He feels people should be more practical in
todayís times. If you are working in India and your girl
is in India, they should break up and just be friends,
not have a relationship. He wants to follow his head,
not his heart, and see what happens in life. He comes
across a person who tells him a love story that has an
impact on him. The story seems confusing, but isnít when
you see the film.
Are you practical or a romantic? What does love mean to
I think I am a mixture of all these things. I am not
lovey-dovey to the point of only doing that. I am
practical also. I take a lot of decisions from my heart.
I think everyone has the same definition
of love. I have a lot of love in my life, and it feels
How has your perception of love changed, as you have
First of all, I am not that old. The feeling is the
same. I could write a small book on that. You live,
learn and grow as every decade passes. I think the
expression changes in some ways. The essence of love is
to feel good and happy.
What do you think of your pairing with
I think Deepika and I look very nice and refreshing
together. She is a new face, and we havenít worked
together before. She has a very Indian, grounded and
mature quality. Her personality grounds my personality
on screen, like Rani Mukerji did in Hum Tum, Ta Ra Rum
Pum and Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic. I have a more western
appeal and Deepika is earthy and Indian. That mixture
translates into an interesting chemistry on screen.
Was it difficult to play a Sardar?
It wasnít difficult, but it also carried a certain
amount of responsibility. We met members of Sikh
organisations and they were all very happy. Dolly aunty
has done my Sardar clothes. The Sardars were proud of
the honourable representation that the character has
been given. I worked on my accent too. My character
speaks Punjabi. It is all genuine: the hair, the turban
and the clothes.
How did youíll decide on the title?
Imtiaz Ali came up with it. It is a love story about the
difference between people in love today and people in
love in earlier times. It means love, these days and
also means love, today and yesterday.
Why arenít you promoting the film at
IIFA is a great platform, as long as it suits everybody.
The main performance slot is the opening slot, and the
last performance slot, and they have already been
booked. The Bachchans are doing the finale. We didnít
want to dissolve our film in the middle slots. We are
tied up with T20 and have to be at Lords in London in a
couple of days to promote the film.
Are there any intimate scenes in the movie? What does
Kareena think about the film?
Intimate scenes need to be handled with a little care,
whether it is seeing one or doing one because they make
Indian family audiences uncomfortable.
Kareena has seen the film and she liked
Why did you choose to call your production house
I have been fascinated with secret societies since I was
a boy. I knew of the Illuminati before Angels and
Demons, the book came out, which made it famous. I was
going to call it Lucifer Productions, which means Ďgiver
of lifeí but we chose Illuminati. It means enlightened.