Event: Krrish 3 Press Conference
Location: Oberoi Hotel, Dubai
Date: October 24, 2013
Special Thanks: Bollyspice and Trupti
Press Handouts: The Farah Khan Fine Jewllery for Krrish 3 brochure with a CD and details on the merchandise, the event etc. Haven’t checked the CD provided, yet.
Accounts of press conferences are numerous and almost always hatched from the same mould. After, in how many different ways can you portray the same event?? Ah but our account of the Krrish 3 PC isn’t a press account. We aren’t glossing over the bad, or downplaying the good. And when you attend these things as a fan, the way you see things are bound to be different. So here’s the first example of a press conference from the POV of a Du fan – the good, the bad and the hilarious.
The contingent arrived at 2 pm and since even superheroes need time to get ready, the conference scheduled to begin at 3 got delayed by atleast 45 minutes. There was a lot of (very understandable) restlessness.
So in order to minimize the vocal dissent at the delay, performances were arranged. A troupe of dancers performed to all Hrithik songs, the music from KNPH to K3 were played and an audio visual comprising of the first trailer, the song promos and their making was played.
The host Pallavi from 1024 began by introducing the audience to the journey of the film, culminating in the entry of the K3 team to thunderous applause. The captain of the ship Rakesh Roshan entered first, followed by Priyanka, Kangana, Vivek and finally the superhero himself. Have to admit, each one of them looked STUNNING. It was rather amusing to hear the gasps from the press. One has to wonder, how they manage to keep their balance and objectivity in their press reports. Kudos to those who do. (Note: Our correspondent speaks from experience. Though she’ll never admit it, it was all she could do to not melt into a puddle.)
Note: All the responses/questions may not be verbatim. It’s from memory and partially from audio recorded by a friend).
Pallavi: Mr. Rakesh Roshan had a vision to make a superhero film like Krrish 3. First question to him is if he was discouraged by people advising him to not make a superhero film.
RR: I always had the vision to make a superhero film, so I started with KMG where Jadoo gave the powers to Krishna which led to Krrish. Since we don’t have a superhero culture it took me 1 and a half films to actually form a base, and then I could take it forward with Krrish 3. Now we have a superhero and supervillain. I have actors like Vivek, Kangana and Priyanka and I’m really proud of them. They have done a fantastic job in the film.
Press Q & A:
There were far too many mikes (atleast 10) on the table near RR and none of them seemed to be working right. The moment they tried to fix one mike, all of them fell off. The team were in splits. The camaraderie and casual interaction between them was heartwarming to watch.
Question 1- To Priyanka- Which one of her dual roles between the good one and the evil one did she enjoy more?
PC: Starts by apologizing to the press on behalf of the entire team for their tardiness and thanks them for their love and encouragement and hopes the same continues. Answer to the question- good is always great but bad is better.
Question 2- To Kangana- She recently gave an interview where she said that sometimes actors do films just to survive. What was it about Krrish 3 that made her do the film?
Kangana: Good evening everyone. Krrish 3 is a film that is very very close to my heart. This is India’s first supergirl and it is very exciting to do something new and be a part of such a big franchise.
(Rather rude and strange for the journo to state in the beginning that since everyone else will be asking Hrithik and Priyanka all the questions, she’d ask Kangana. And then they wonder why she was irritated. She took it in her stride though.)
Question 3- To RR- Since childhood we have been watching your films and we love the niche of Indian cinema and when I look at Krrish 1, 2(?????),3 I don’t see any difference between Bollywood and Hollywood. So don’t you think we are in danger because well, we love the technology but what is the difference between Bollywood and Hollywood then? (Hrithik’s reaction needed framing. He went from complete disbelief to a quiet smile as his father responded to the question.) (Which means our correspondent lost the battle to not melt. That particular smile of his is one weapon she’s absolutely helpless against.)
RR: I have always made films where the content is always Indian. I may have made sci fi films but I have incorporated Indian values. I have a father, mother, grandmother, children everyone in it. So it is a very family oriented film. It’s not just a science fiction film as that wouldn’t work for our audiences.
Question 5:- *open question*- If you were to film any scene from the trilogy- Kmg, Krrish 2 (???) or Krrish 3 in Dubai because the architecture is really suited to superhero films, which one would you choose?
RR- I will tell you something. I am making Krrish 4, the whole film in Dubai. *loud cheers*
Question 5 - My question to all of you – how do you manage to look so awesome all the time? I really forgot what to ask you… *tries to get to her question*
Hrithik interrupts – First of all hi everyone (loud cheers again), it is such a pleasure to be in Dubai once again. This is a place where I spend most of my vacations. It’s one of my favourite places to be with my family and all our movies (points to RR and PC) incidentally have done well here. We love you guys (cheers again) and thank you for the love. (We’ll bet our most prized possessions she was grinning like a loon at this point.)
*to the lady who asked the question* So you asked us how do we look so awesome. I want to ask you what makes you so sweet? (AWWWWW!) (We repeat the sentiment hun!) And thank you for the compliment.
She continues: About the special effects of the movie, it’s been done in India…is that true? (Sigh! Reaally??? Again??)
Hrithik- Yes, absolutely. That was a decision my father took when we started off. He wanted to give India, the artists in our country a chance because we have the talent but no one gives them the opportunity. So this is our first full-fledged, home grown, Indian, high budget superhero musical extravaganza.
Question 6 – Hrithik my question is for you. Whenever your film is releasing most people expect good dancing from you. So when you start rehearsing do you feel a sense of competition from other good dancers such as Shahid and Ranbir?
Hrithik- Firstly when we talk about competition, I think it is really good and healthy. It is the only place where you can have other people push you to excel. So I look at it in a positive way, I applaud, I appreciate because that fills me up and gives me the drive to do even more and improve myself . So competition is a great thing. And yes of course I enjoy dancing – dance is an expression and it’s not about how perfectly you do the steps…I think it’s more about expressing… it’s an expression… it’s a celebration… so if you are not showing it…if you are not enjoying it then it’s not going to show so yes I do enjoy it. I make sure that I enjoy it no matter how tough it is. (Don’t we love it when he talks about his dance that way?)
Question 7- To Hrithik- I’m covering the Pak-South Africa series in Dubai and a lot of your fans want to know if you will come and watch the series since you are in here. In return they will come and watch your film.
Hrithik- (Makes the most adorable face ever) Well then, I have to come.
Question 8- Gagan Mudgal from 1024 to Vivek: Vivek, Krrish 3 is such a big film, a Diwali release with Hrithik Roshan directed by Rakesh Roshan but there is also a lot of excitement that we will see Vivek Oberoi in a negative role. Can we have a big round of applause for him? (the press cheers loudly for him). Alright Vivek, it’s a known fact that in all of Rakesh Roshan’s films be it Kishen Kanhaiyan, Koyla or KMG, the first half has a heavy dose of the villain. (Vivek laughs) So how much fun did you have while playing the role?
Vivek: Hello Dubai! Salaam to everybody ….how are you guys doing? Thank you thank you so much for all the warmth and the love and affection yaar…it’s always nice to come here, it’s always nice to see all this love. Yes yaar (looking at Gagan), it’s true that the villain’s role is very heavy in the film. Heavy because I’m wearing a 28 kg suit and fighting he superhero. So I was like a tin man wearing a metal suit and on ropes…doing err…or trying to do or trying to match with our favourite Roshan…Hrithik Roshan who is our favourite superhero in India and of course Dubai. Trying to match up to him in the air…hanging some 30- 40 ft from ropes. It was a tough one but I love this role and I think every difficulty, every inconvenience , every tiring day was worth it every time you saw every single shot. So you felt that you were being a part of history, you were being the part of the greatest attempt, the biggest dream ever dreamt by Bollywood so I think that was a huge pt. (We LOVE their bromance and hope that Vivek’s comeback with this film is as strong as a superhero punch!)
Question 9: The journo reminds Hrithik that a friend of hers had arranged for him to wish her on the phone in August (huge smile when Du recalls the incident) and that he had promised to give her a hug when he came down to Dubai next.
Hrithik immediately gets up from his seat to hug her.
Vivek: How many jealous girls in the audience right now??
*the girls screaming- everyone, that’s not fairrrrrr*
Hrithik thanks her…says she made his day because he was able to make her smile and it warms his heart when he can put a smile on someone’s face. (mellllttttt….)
*her question*- I heard about the Krrish band, I heard that it saved you and you wear it every time.
Hrithik and RR put up their hand showing the band.
RR: We all wear it.
*she continues* so can we hear something more about it, can you expand on it?
Hrithik: Well the Krrish band is more than just an accessory. It’s a symbol and according to me a symbol is more powerful than a movie or an actor or an individual. The symbol carries values which are associated with of course Krrish. But Krrish is not a part of the mask and the cape and the fact that he has these powers and he can fly around. Krrish to me is about his character – the values and codes that he lives by and it is one character that has made a huge impact on my life personally because right from the start of the film to the end I have suffered physical and mental agonies which could have broken me. But because I was so intimately involved with this character, was inside his head, it made me ask the right questions. Instead of asking why this is happening, I asked what a superhero would do. What would I do if I was a superhero right now. Starting from my double slip disc to my back, the doctors told my dad that you should not make this film and my dad even came to me and said that we will shelve the film and make it two years from now, you take rest. But I just knew that if it’s not made now it will never be made. Everything was ready and good to go so instead of asking why, I asked myself how. How can I make this work? What can I do to get over this? I could ask those questions because I was associating with Krrish and the answers came when I understood what resources I had. All of us in our lives, whenever we go through despair, we focus on what’s wrong. But if you just change your mindset and focus on what resources you have to change your environment, to change yourself then that’s when you will get those answers and tap into the power that we have within us. Since then till the time that I had my brain surgery, I have been completely associating myself with his values. I am an aspiring superhero within myself and I want to live that life. So I always wear this band because I want to remind myself that no matter what happens in life- one must always be in cause and never in effect and just to remind myself that I have the power that I need to change whatever I need to in my life. With courage, strength, and belief. Hope and always remember than life is less about you and more about people that are around you. Krrish is about contributing. He is there to help the world, to contribute to the world and these are all the values that I associate with this band. So I guess now you got the entire lowdown on it (Laughs because he realised that he spoke for close to 7 minutes… without taking a break even for a second )
Question 10: Pallavi to Kangana- A lot of young girls look up to her for her fashion sense and that she looks very different and beautiful in the film and not like a regular bollywood diva.
Kangana: Well thanks to Mr. Roshan, he has given me a very challenging and beautiful role to play. I got to wear beautiful dresses as you have seen in the song, nice hairstyles, very fashionable. That’s what I love and I got to do it on screen. It’s very rare that you get to do what you love on screen and that too with such characters .
Question 11: Mr Rakesh Roshan, there is a compliment that came directly from my father to you. The song Sharmana Chod De Tu Ghabrana Chod De Tu from Khel Khel Mein – my father asked me to tell you that it’s the best song picturized on you.
RR: *blushes* Thank you thank you so much.
Hrithik: How sweet is that!
*question to Hrithik* There is no doubt that you are an amazing actor and you have been giving us such extreme characters with your movies. Like the Mughal baadshah in Jodha Akbar then Agneepath and Guzaarish- what a movie! (We agree!!!! We vehemently agree!!!) then the Krrish trilogy. But what usually happens is when you do such intense roles, people are not able to accept you when you do a simple role. Do you feel like keeping a balance between the two?
Hrithik: Well you know I really can’t manipulate or calculate my instincts. Whenever somebody is in the realm of creation, you can only create something, what you are within. So I am a slave to my vision, to my instincts so whatever makes me want to do something I have to just go ahead and do it. Whether it is commercially viable or not, such kind of calculative thoughts should not ever enter your mind, I believe.
*press female* And it shows in your work
Hrithik- I …just..I love you. (laughs)
Pallavi- End note thanking the press and wishing team K3 good luck.