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

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

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’.”

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