And yes, for the oft-asked ques­tion on the cast­ing couch, well, not that I have gone through it, but I have heard a lot of peo­ple talk about it.

Savvy - - I Be­lieve -

Com­ing from a back­ground with no God­fa­ther, I knew it was go­ing to be slow, but I be­lieved that even if I did one film a year, I would make sure peo­ple liked me and re­mem­bered me till my next film.

And Jaque­line is one of the hap­pi­est per­sons I’ve seen. She has got a great vibe about her, and the one thing I have learnt from her is: Come what may, your smile should never fade away.

DREAM FILM­MAK­ERS

I want to work with a lot of di­rec­tors, es­pe­cially Mani Rat­nam; I have been say­ing this since my first film. I have met him in per­son but when I meet peo­ple, I can’t put them in a spot by telling them, ‘I re­ally want to work with you, please cast me’. What I do is tell them, ‘Sir, I re­ally like your work and I fol­low it’. I also want to work with di­rec­tors who are just a movie old, and, of course, Raju Hi­rani who cre­ates a dif­fer­ent world of cin­ema al­to­gether.

AC­TRESSES WHO IN­SPIRE ME

There is no one par­tic­u­lar ac­tress. I re­ally ad­mire quite a few of them like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kan­gana Ra­naut, Anushka Sharma etc. I feel they are very good at what they are do­ing.

MY JOUR­NEY SO FAR

Well, just be­fore ‘Pink’ peo­ple were like, ‘Oh! Things

are mov­ing very slow for you and around ‘Pink’, they said, ‘Oh! Fi­nally, af­ter a long wait, you are get­ting your due’, and then be­tween ‘Pink’ and ‘Naam Sha­bana’, there was barely any gap, so they came up with, ‘Oh, she’s got back-to-back Bol­ly­wood films and she’s signed ‘Jud­waa 2’ al­ready; things are mov­ing real quick for her’. I was left won­der­ing - was it late or was it quick?

For me though, it has been a slow and steady jour­ney. Com­ing from a back­ground with no God­fa­ther, sup­port or a three-film deal with any stu­dio, I knew it was go­ing to be slow but I be­lieved that even if I did one film a year, I would make sure peo­ple liked me and re­mem­bered me till my next film. And that’s ex­actly what hap­pened. To­day, I have built an au­di­ence who look for­ward to see­ing my work. High hopes from the au­di­ence re­ally mo­ti­vates me.

The mes­sage I want to con­vey with ev­ery film I do is: ‘You need to be the hero of your own story. So make a path for your­self and fight your own bat­tle’.

And no, I didn’t break down at any point but I have had that feel­ing of frus­tra­tion though. There were projects that I re­ally wanted to do but I couldn’t get them be­cause at that point, I wasn’t a mar­ketable name. Even now, there are times when I feel that I re­ally want to work with a di­rec­tor on a spe­cific project, but that di­rec­tor only wants an A-lis­ter or some­body who is es­tab­lished. There’s al­ways this frus­tra­tion as to how much do I have to prove to get to work with cer­tain di­rec­tors on my wish list?!

And yes, for the oft-asked ques­tion on the cast­ing couch, well, not that I have gone through it, but I have heard a lot of peo­ple talk about it. They feel it ex­ists.

Right now, ‘Jud­waa 2’ is up for re­lease and my Tel­ugu film re­leased on Au­gust 18. I also have three films locked which will be an­nounced later. But I still have a very long way to go.

BE YOUR OWN HERO

The only mes­sage I keep giv­ing ev­ery­one and I want to con­vey with ev­ery film I do is: ‘You need to be the hero of your own story. You need to stop wait­ing for some­one to come and help you out. So make a path for your­self and fight your own bat­tle’.

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