Back after a hiatus: Dilip Kumar
"I have a terrible memory but I can remember my dialogues very well still," says Kumar at the outset when asked after how long he is facing the camera. "Is it four... five years? No wonder my wife Saira keeps telling me at least you can remember your lines, otherwise what would you have done?" he laughs.
Asar - The Impact was planned almost six years ago with Dilip Kumar. "But things didn't work out at that time," he says. "A couple of months ago we started talking about the project again and now it is happening."
In fact, the film was to roll last week but Saira's mother Naseem Banu's ill health and hospitalisation pushed it further. "She's much better now and back home," he informs.
Dilip Kumar, Ajay Devgan and Priyanka Chopra in Asar - The Impact.
Both Kumar and director Kohli, however, are not too forthcoming about the plot. "You have to wait for it," says the thespian. Asar, apparently, has the actor playing the big daddy with Ajay Devgan in the role of a business tycoon and Priyanka Chopra as the latter's love interest. "It is an extremely appealing story," emphasises Kumar.
Incidentally, his directorial venture Kalinga "is more than 80 per cent complete but because of the court cases it is stuck" He has also done a bit for Eenadu TV's Urdu channel "all for the propagation of the Urdu language," he points out.
Acting with the present lot of actors and set-up, he says, does not make him feel out of place. "I am seeing the third generation of actors. They may be speaking a different language and grammar today, but still, we remain performers playing our part".
On the other hand, for Devgan, it is a homecoming of sorts. The Asar production team is the same as it was in his debut film Phool Aur Kaante and he is looking forward to some action scenes in it.
Meanwhile, Priyanka Chopra was glad that the film took so many years to roll "otherwise I would not have been a part of it along with Dilipsaab," she exclaims. And she's pretty excited about her role, so much so that, her first shot had her making a big splash in the swimming pool. For its Asar though, she has to wait and see.