|Movies in the theatre? Don't you get mobbed?
This is Mumbai people here are not that star stuck. A few fans do come up to me, praise my work and ask for autographs. But before I grab more attention, I vanish from the scene. I'm a shy person.
Have you tried to see a film in disguise?
No way. I'm always in my jeans and T-shirt with tied hair.
The beginning of this year was a bit sticky for you with Salaam-E-Ishq and Eklavya not faring well.
I disagree. I was convinced about what I was doing. I loved my track in Salaam-e-Ishq. There is a lesson to learn here. When you are making a film of that magnitude with so many actors you get carried away. As for Eklavya, it was a Vidhu Vinod Chopra movie. Even if he asks me to stand in one frame, I would do it. His films always have a certain quality.
What about your insignificant role in Guru?
It was a great script and then there was Mani Ratnam and there was also Madhavan opposite you. I don't go by actors for me it's only the role, the script and the director. As far as my co-star is concerned, even if Mani sir pairs me with a tree, I would do it. Though the role was not meant to have turned out the way it did. I guess it was yet another lesson learnt. I'll be careful in the future before taking up any project.
Careful in what sense?
I would want to read the script fully before I take up any project even with the best of the directors.
News is that though you agreed to come on Koffee With Karan, later you stopped taking calls or replying to text messages.
That's not true. I was okay with being on Koffee With Karan. I even had a word with Karan. I was supposed to shoot their first schedule but I guess they didn't find another person to pair with me. Later on, I got busy shooting.
Don't you regret losing out on Laaga Chunari Mein Daag directed by your mentor Pradeep Sarkar?
Rani Mukherji bagged the role. I was supposed to have done it but the shooting got delayed. My next dates were with Sajid (Nadiadwala) I had committed to do the film with him. It is really unfortunate that I couldn't be a part of Laaga Chunari.
In the process you ended up upsetting Yashraj Films.
I'm sure everyone understands commitment. Dada (Pradeep Sarkar) is upset but I'm sure he'll always be by my side my bonding with him goes beyond the film. How I wish to be a part of all his films.
News is that you've replaced Aishwarya Rai in R Balki's PA featuring Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan.
I too have read about it. Funnily, I haven't heard anything from the guys who are making the movie.
You're paired with Shahid Kapur for Aziz Mirza's next which incidentally is a love story of an elder girl and younger boy. Comment.
Yes even I heard about its quite bizzare. In fact, a few journos even asked me about it. I have decided not to comment on it. It was also reported that I did a photoshoot with Shahid. But I've never met him till date. I just want to keep mum about the subject.
You declined Meghna Gulzar's Puran Masi too.
I don't want to do films based on short stories. I would love to work with Meghna. You know I'm a huge fan of her father (Gulzar). I was honest enough to tell her and she understood. There is no grudge between us.