I am quite happy with the way things
are shaping up today
Are you surprised the way your career has gone.
You had a decent debut with Daraar, but things did not really
I don’t have any disillusionments as such. I think there were not
many roles which I wanted to do that were coming my way. Also, I guess
things take their own time. I believe in being patient. Today I’m
quite happy with the way things are shaping up. It’s very easy to
sit and complain.
Were you looking for any role in particular or were producers
shying away because you had portrayed a negative shade?
I was not looking any particular role. After I did Daraar, which
was an out-and-out negative role, it did create a certain image in the
industry of the kind of work that you do or are good at. Not many different
kinds of roles come your way and you don’t want to do the same things.
Honestly, I have never refused any good offers.
Obviously, it was a frustrating wait. How did you motivate yourself
during that time?
I may not have been disappointed, but there was a certain amount of impatience
as my films were taking longer than necessary. However, I never let myself
get dejected. Fortunately, the line-up that I have for release are decent
and interesting I am quite excited about it.
Your performance in Maa Tujhhe Salaam got a good review,
both from critics and the masses...
Generally critics do not go over the top and when you get a review like
that from them it’s great. When a performance gets accepted you
feel a little happy and relaxed.
In which category do you feel you are best suited — comedy,
intense roles or the negative shade?
I would like to try my hand at comedy, though I have never attempted it.
As far as negative or the intense roles are concerned, I do them in any
case. But what I am not confident of is the regular singing, dancing hero.
I will not be confident doing that. I am confident about the other genres
and am OK with that. By now even the audience know that I do not fit into
the typical romantic hero. I want to work hard at where I am accepted
rather that try to do something I am not comfortable with.
What are your forthcoming projects?
Qayamat is ready for release (July 11). There is another movie
which I cannot name because I am the surprise element. There’s also
Cine Vista’s yet to be named film with Puneet Issar as the director.
In this film, both Salman and me are cops. There’s also Akbar Khan’s
Taj Mahal — An Eternal Love Story.
Which release are you banking on?
I have come to a stage where I do not pin my hopes on any one release.
I work hard on every film and hope they do well. iF a film does not do
well, it gives me the impetus to work harder.
You play Aurangzeb in Taj Mahal... have you had to work
hard to get under the skin of Augrangzeb?
It’s a very well-defined character. We had a lot of discussions
on the get-up, how to treat the character etc. I have read a few books
around that era to get familiar with that time and atmosphere. A lot of
research and homework has been done.
How much of a change has Arhaan brought in your life?
He has brought about a tremendous change. There is a new sense of responsibility.
Overnight I have matured. Now, we are no more a couple. We are a family.
I’m not a guy who thinks too much about the future but Arhaan has
got me to think ahead. I am conscious that he is helpless and dependent
Do you have to get up in the middle of the night or does Malaika
do the needful?
We both take turns. At times we are both awake. It’s fun and not
so much fun at times. Like last night for instance, he was running a temperature
and it was a worrying thing. I am a paranoid dad. I am worried about where
he goes, what he eats...