B-Town’s HOT Chocolate Boy!
Don’t be deceived by his ‘boy-next-door’ image as there is a lot more to this debonair actor than just that. And with the kind of films he’s been presenting to the audiences for the last seven years, he can surely be tagged as ‘the next big thing’! Sharba
This is your fourth movie with director Luv Ranjan and what is the kind of rapport that you’ve built with him over time? Pehle bhi utna hi accha tha, abhi bhi utna hi accha hai. I think irrespective of the stardom, he is someone I always have and will look up to. So, with Luv sir, it’s a relationship and a bond that I share with someone who I really listen to. I believe in whatever he says and follow that.
So is he like an inspiration or a guru or somebody who you look up to? There are very few people in your life who you can actually talk to about everything and Luv sir occupies the same position in my life, be it professional or personal, and I trust him.
Do you consider him as your lucky charm or will you be able to move away from him? Yes, we are lucky for each other. There are a very few actor-director duos who have become famous in our country and thankfully, people now count us as a part of that list. We have a very understanding relationship and want the association to go on and do good work. But yes, I want to work with others as well.
You’ve been working with Nushrat Bharucha for quite sometime now. What is your comment on the amazing chemistry which you both share onscreen? We have always been doing roles in which we are not romancing but rather fighting a lot and it’s been more of an anti-romantic kind of a situation. But yes, I agree that the chemistry looks amazing and people are loving it, and I am really happy about it. I have always been comfortable in sharing screen space with Nushrat and I absolutely love doing scenes with her.
Is romcom your preferred genre? Or are you willing to experiment, and if yes, which genre will you experiment with next? I am not actually someone who likes to think of experimentation. If I like a script, even if it is not romcom or a genre which I have been doing, I would do it, irrespective of the fact ke agla mera yeh hona chahiye. I always look into the content ki yeh film toh bohot acchi lag rahi hai, mai yeh nahi jaane dunga. Yeh mujhe karna hi hai, agar story pasand aayi toh mai karunga and basically ek joh mere dimaag mai chal raha hai, shuru se abhi tak hai ke I want to concentrate on youth-centric cinema. I think we have the largest audience of youngsters today as a country and almost 60-75% of the audience which goes to the theatres is a young audience. Yeh ek cheez hai joh main pakad ke rakhna chahta hu. Mera start Pyaar Ka Panchnama ke saath hua tha which was again a youth-
I want to concentrate on youth-centric cinema.”
centric film. So I want to continue that so that this audience will grow with me.
And this very audience has given you the tag of being a ‘chocolate boy’ apart from being a super fit macho man. So, which tag do you prefer?
Oh, I’ve got a lot of tags. I am really happy about all the tags which I am getting. Some of them call me ‘King of Monologues’ whereas others call me a ‘Bromantic Hero’. And women are liking it too, which is cute. There is this new tag of ‘Hot chocolate boy’ which I’m absolutely loving! (Laughs)
You are being accused of portraying women in a bad light. Do you really hate women?
I play those characters jismein the person is in love with the girl and is very lovable. He is someone who could do anything for his love. And uske saath jab wahi ladki kuch bura karti hai, itna zyada bura karti hai, toh that is the expected reaction which any normal human being would give. Ab situation waisi aati hai meri filmon main jab who aise react karta hai. If you look at the character, woh character aisa raha hai jo humesha se lovable hota hai. Apne girlfriend ke liye har cheez karne ke kiye taiyaar. Lekin girlfriend kyuki waisa kuch kar rahi hai, so woh monologues hote hain, woh frustration main kuch aisa karta hain. Otherwise, I have nothing against women and I love them! In fact, jab hum Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 promote karne ek girls college gaye they, waha sab ladkiyaan monologue sunane ke liye chilla rahi thi.
Your film is in the 100 crore club. How do you feel?
Andar bohot acchi feeling aa rahi hai! Neend hi nahi aa rahi hai. I am really happy with whatever is happening. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety has got an amazing response, be it with the Box office numbers or the critical acclaim, my character Sonu, people are loving him and I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I am just in a happy space and want to continue to be there.
Some of them call me ‘King of Monologues’ whereas others call me a ‘Bromantic Hero’.”