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What do you think about the paparazzi? You go for an event which is related to your job and if the media asks you questions there, it is understood. But when I am walking with my son for instance, shopping in a mall, and there I am hounded, I think that is not a cool thing. If I am having a coffee or an ice cream with someone or I am just getting in and out of an airport where I am in my own space, then you should ask me before shooting me. But if I put my hand up and ask you not to, and still you go on, and I get angry, I am clicked more. The more you stop them the more they click, they love that moment when you are angry with your hand up. This is the picture they wanted, they don’t want you to be smiling at them, that is like routine. They want you to probably rush, so that they can have a picture of Arbaaz in an angry mood.
But today, some young celebrities like paparazzi’s presence on their arrival. Media receives messages about their arrival at the airport with the flight details, what would you say about this? You get all of that? But the celebrities are not personally sending you those messages, right? May be it is coming from the offices or from the airlines themselves. It’s like sometimes you enter a restaurant and you are going to be there for a couple of hours, the moment you enter, the restaurant guy will call up some journalist and give the information. And it doesn’t take long for anyone to sit on a bike and come. In any case, people are all over the place. They all do it for their own reasons.
You hosted a television show recently. Why did you take up the medium so late in your career? Whatever good comes my way at whatever stage, I take that up, and experiment. It is not that I had offers of some interesting television shows and I refused them. Sometimes things fall apart only because the kind of commitment needed or the show is not up your alley. Sometimes the amount of work or effort you want to give is not backed with the monetary requirement you have. So there are a lot of parameters for why one does certain things and at what stage. When it came my way I was interested in the show, I liked the concept and I wanted to do it. Also, there was a window for me to take on the show for that amount of time. For almost two months of my life I was working for 16 hours a day. And I like the fact that there was so much responsibility given to me, and other parameters were also met. When such stuff happens I don’t have a problem. Television is a very powerful medium and it has got a bigger reach than cinema. So reaching out there and getting popularity is no issue with me, I would love to do that.
Is meatiness in a role a parameter you consider? I would say the strength of a role is more important than the length of a role. If a character has a few scenes but they are embedded very strongly in the script with plot points which are making a difference to the main characters or the main plot, then I don’t mind doing it. I don’t need to do a character which is working from scene one to scene two.
Any plans to do biopics? I know it’s the new fad and everybody is trying to do it. I’m sure this genre will continue to be. Even in Hollywood, biopics have worked for years and have never gone out of fashion. But I wouldn’t follow it just because it is something new. People have started making films on people’s lives and whatever. I don’t feel the need to join the bandwagon. Until I don’t find a story which is exciting enough to tell, I don’t think I will make one. Right now, there is definitely nothing on the horizon.
Today, many actors sing songs or two in their films. Why don’t we see you singing in any film, would it be very difficult for you? Because it is something I like doing, not something I am extremely good at. But I can get good at it if I train, it is something I am passionate about. I love singing, music is my companion when I am spending a lot of time alone. I play music depending on the mood I am in or want to be in. It is pretty much meditative for me.