DOWN MEMORY LANE
Do you think actors have their ‘me time’ like other people do? I remember the times when I used to hang around in Lokhandwala all day, just loafing around, eating chaat and shopping, but now I can’t do it, I can’t have that free space. I definitely miss that as an actor, but no regrets, as long as I achieve something in life, that is a small price you have to pay.
HappyNewYear(HNY) being your last. How is your equation with the entire cast? I met Abhishek (Bachchan) at his Diwali party. He is one of the very genuine people I have met. Boman (Irani) is very close to me, Shah Rukh (Khan) is like my elder brother and I had met Deepika (Padukone) recently on the sets of Bajirao Mastani. We had spent a year and half together, shooting and promoting Happy New Year. We all share a great bonding, and whenever we meet, everyone feels that we miss each other a lot.
Do you enjoy attention as a celebrity? Yes, I do, I won’t deny that. But again, there are times when you want to be by yourself and just enjoy that space. If I go out for a walk, I wouldn’t like anyone to bother me and let me finish my walk, which is not possible. When you’re an actor you have to forget all that.
Who do you count as your friends in Bollywood? Apart from Farah (Khan), Prabhu Dheva is one person I am very close to. Then there is Shah Rukh, Salman, Boman, Abhishek… I connect to these people very well. One Bollywood actress you really admire and would love to work with? I have seen Deepika Padukone work very hard, during HNY. She is one person who is very real and has achieved things on her own. She is not from a film background, and has worked really hard to reach here, and she deserves whatever she has achieved.
What do you feel about your contemporaries? There is always space for everyone. There is no competition, a role is written and the day it is written, it is decided who will play it. Destiny is a big thing, and if it is destined for you to become a big star, nothing can stop you.
What habit of a person turns you off? Lying, very important. Also, when somebody boasts about themselves’ a lot, self-centered people, and people who are not ready to help others are all qualities in individuals that turn me off.
Do you have a wish list of directors? I have really admired two directors’ Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Rajkumar Hirani. I feel they are great technicians and their actors look really good, so I would love to work with them one day. Whenever it happens, it will happen.
How was it working with Jackie Chan? He is a grounded person, not only as an actor but also in life. He takes care of everyone on the sets – from a star to a spot boy; he feeds everyone with his hands. He is very hard-working. Once he is on the sets, from morning to night he won’t sit for a minute, and that makes him a legend. I have learnt a lot from him.