• Is your marriage with Jackie over?
Definitely not. Jackie and I are very much together. I met Jackie when I was 13. He is not very communicative. At the end of the day, you have to see life through your kids. You don’t have to upset the balance. I know a lot of people have insinuated many things, but it’s not true.
• Why did you part ways with Kaizad Gustad professionally? We hear he wants to get back with you.
That’s right, we have parted ways professionally. He will always be a friend, but I will not be working with him again. I need to be on the same page with the person I am working with.
• You are now linked with your new business partner, Sahil Khan.
Sahil is only a few years older than my son, Tiger. The other day Tiger joked I am going to be arrested for pedophilia.
• Was Boom a big mistake?
Unfortunately, it got pirated and the distributors backed out. They took the film but didn’t pay us. Thankfully, Manmohan Shetty and Ashok Hinduja stood by me. Shetty gave me a lot of time to pay my lab bills and Hinduja agreed to take his money after a long time. Jackie too stood by me.
• And then?
After a point, Jackie told me that I was not a tough person and I needed to take it easy. So I lay low. I had to pay Rs 18 crores to Ashok Hinduja. We sold some of our assets.
• Did all this affect your relationship with Jackie?
It was rough after Boom, but we planned how we were going to come out of this.
• Is Jackie not good with money matters?
That’s wrong. He is a Gujarati and has an astute sense of money. The only thing is that he goes the extra mile to help a friend. If a filmmaker claims he has gone over budget, he will say, “Forget it. Don’t pay me.” When we were newly married and didn’t have a car, we would often walk back home from our outings and he would give a lot of money to the beggars.
• After the bad experience, you are still planning to make another film?
I can’t allow failure to bog me down. Jackie had told me that I shouldn’t jeopardise our family money again. Now, you don’t have to use your personal funds. There are many corporates and financers to back you.
• Is Jackie a better father than a husband?
Jackie is a better father, but he is a wonderful husband too.
• Is Jackie strict with Krishna?
No sleep-overs at friend’s place. He will keep texting her to know where she is. Rules are different for Tiger. Krishna minds that but then Tiger reminds her of their three-year age difference.
• You have sold your Sony shares?
Yes. We invested in Sony about 15 years ago. Many people told us that it was a crazy idea. It’s time to move on.
Initially, there were only few channels. Being in business in the nascent stages is always more thrilling. Now, we want to do something different. I have started a production company with Sahil Khan. Our first film, Rani, will go on the floors in January.
• Is Kevin Spacey still involved with the film?
Actually we were thinking of casting him, but we changed the script.
• You discovered Katrina Kaif. Is she still in touch with you?
Not really. We met at a party once and just greeted each other.
• Did you change her surname?
She had an English surname, which was not easy to pronounce. She is not Katrina Kaif originally. She is Katrina Turquotte. We wanted to give her a surname which would be accepted by the Indian audience. First we thought of naming her Katrina Kazi, but then we thought Kazi would have a religious overtone. So we thought of Kaif.
• But it is said that she has a Kashmiri father.
If that’s what she says, you have to believe her. Her name on her passport that time was Katrina Turquotte.