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Your act­ing ca­reer be­gan with the mas­sively suc­cess­ful film back in 1993. How did you get this role and how did that shape your ca­reer?

A. It was just by chance. I guess I was just des­tined to be an ac­tor. I was 15, wait­ing for my SSC re­sult, and I’d just got my port­fo­lio done. Some­body hap­pened to see it and I got a call from an agency. The rest is his­tory.

Even be­fore Baazi­gar had re­leased, Ratan Jain, the pro­ducer of the film, signed me for a three-film deal. The first was Baazi­gar, the se­cond was Main Khi­ladi Tu Anari [1994] and the third was Dhad­kan [2000]— all three turned out to be the big­gest hits of my ca­reer. Q. How do you look back on your time in Bol­ly­wood? You’ve now been around for more than two decades. A. I look back with a lot of grat­i­tude and I can’t be­lieve I’ve nearly had a lifes­pan of 25 years in the film in­dus­try. That’s a long time and I just think that change is the only con­stant there. Back in the day, it [the in­dus­try] used to work only on per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and was quite dis­or­gan­ised. But there was method to the mad­ness. Over the years things have changed, with more cor­po­rate bod­ies com­ing in, and it has be­come far more or­gan­ised. Q. It has been quite a long time since you were last seen on the big screen. Do you miss that part of your

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