|I want to be remembered as an
actress not just a pretty face –
Born to an English father and an Indian mother, Hazel flew to Mumbai from London with stardust in her eyes. The pretty face tried and tried but luck was not at her side. Then came the B-town man with golden heart, Salman Khan, who she proudly calls her mentor, and things started changing for Hazel, who before Bodyguard, was seen in a Tamil film Billa. Here she shares her world after the super success of Bodyguard, what are her plans, her dreams and lots more....
After the success of Bodyguard, how's the Bollywood film industry reacted; any offers?
Offers are coming but they are somewhat similar to the one I played in Bodyguard, I don't want to get type cast. I'm meeting people and hopefully will say yes to something really exciting.
What sort of roles are you looking for?
Meaningful, ones where I am involved in the story and play an important part. I don't want to be just another glamour quotient.
So who's your idol as an actress and what's your dream role?
Waheeda Rehman, I would like to do something like Guide and Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam.
You steal Salman in the film from your best friend Kareena, in real life will you go to that extent to win your love?
No, I can't do that in reality. For me love is not achieving or winning, it's about making sure that the person you love is happy.
Don't you think your British accent can be a hurdle in Bollywood?
I'm working very hard on this and it's showing improvement. I don't think there will be any issues regarding my accent.
There's already a British girl Katrina Kaif in the industry who has already made to the top bracket of Bollywood, how do you take it and where do you see yourself in near future?
I am very glad to see how by sheer hardwork and determination Katrina has made her mark in Bollywood. I am half British and half Indian. I want myself to be remembered as an actress, the origin doesn't matter and as I said I am working very hard on my accent. I have come here with a dream and a vision. Yes, Katrina is an inspiration for me; being a British she worked on herself and now she is in the top bracket. In near future, I want to be remembered as a good actress not as a pretty face who can dance and act a bit.
Coming to dancing, you are also a trained dancer. Even Bollywood top rankers like Katrina have done item numbers; will you do an item number if you get an opportunity?
I am a girl chaser – Imran Khan
Yes will love to do. The only thing is it should be a combo of Munni and Choli Ke Peeeche...
Imran Khan tells about the resolution he breaks most often and why wife Avantika cannot be the docile bahu
What is the most important thing that changed your life?
My decision to work in the movies. So it was a long journey to become an actor.
What skill do you think every man should have?
The ability to fix things. Be it a gadget or a screw on a wobbling table.
If you had a chance to be some other person, who would you like to be?
I don't think anyone is nearly as fortunate as I am. I have more than I could ever ask for in life.
One experience that's a must before you die.
I want to be a certified skydiver. I also want to do some advanced training in driving cars. I love driving. I'm a better driver than most people.
What is your most cherished possession?
All my wonderful tech toys – my iPhone, my iPad, Macbook Pro.
When do we see you face the camera with Aamir Khan?
I think Aamir is a fantastic actor but somewhere at the back of my head there is this thing of, 'Dude, this guy is without question, without debate, the biggest star in the country'. So the idea of acting with him is a scary proposition.
What personal resolution do you break the most?
I don't go to the dentist. I keep putting it off. I keep promising myself to change but so far I haven't!
Are you impatient to replicate Aamir's success?
I'm always impatient to replicate his success. When it comes to my work, I'm greedy.
How much of a perfectionist are you?
In India, somehow 'perfectionist' has become a bad word. Blame Aamir for it! No, I blame the media for it! Because as per my understanding, being perfect is a good thing.
Do you think you can give more thrust to your career now that you don't have a girlfriend to please?
I've been in a relationship for eight and a half years and you think that six months into marriage something is going to change? I've lived with her in America and in India. Now, in the last few months, what could have possibly happened?
If any of Aamir's films were to be remade, which one would you like to act in?
I love Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak but I don't know if people would buy it today.
Is there any change in the way fans respond to you after marriage?
It's weird. It's the strangest thing. Women seem to like guys who are in committed relationships. I noticed it from the time my relationship with Avantika became serious. Girls would show more interest and hit on me.
So, marriage has made Imran Khan more attractive, more desirable?
I'm not saying marriage. I'm saying being in a committed relationship. There's something about being committed that women tend to find attractive.
Are there any dos and don'ts Avantika and you have set down now that the two of you are married?
No, I don't think that's necessary. When you're in an adult relationship, each knows what the other is all about.
Would you fall off your chair if Avantika came into the room saying, 'Aji, suntey ho?'
Yeah, I probably would! She's very hardcore. She's not that sweet, little docile 'bahu' one would imagine.