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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.

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