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" A big blockbuster like 'Kick' expands the audience for my films and makes it easier to promote them. "
" The Indian audience is getting exposed to world cinema and realising the power of unique plots and distinct characters. "
" I am doing characters that have so many layers. And I am very lucky that I show a lot of variety. "
" I feel satisfied after achieving something difficult. "
" If I am comfortable with my co-star, then that always shows in my performances. "
" I used to clean the sets and serve tea to the artistes. "
" I can go back to poverty if a situation comes. I have sailed through the worst days of my life, and I am prepared for any crisis. "
" The easier it looks on screen, the more hard work goes into making it so. "
" I am a five-foot six-inch, dark, ordinary-looking man. People didn't imagine that I would make it. "
" Like the way we get to know about the society of Korea, Iran, and other countries through their films, people will get to know about our country. Our films are a mirror of our society. "
" I have done theatre, and I enjoy the process of smaller films a lot more. When I do such films, there are certain things which I get to do which are untapped. The scenes give me the liberty to play and mould the character in accordance to the director's mindset. "
" I kind of discovered Kolkata when I was shooting here for 'Kahaani.' I found the city fascinating. "
" Kabir Khan is that rare director who manages to merge Bollywood formula with a good story. "
" My character in the first instalment of 'GOW' was very shy and reserved. It was completely different from 'Kahaani,' where I played a no-nonsense cop. And in the second instalment of 'GOW,' it is again very different. "
" Commercial hit films such as 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan,' 'Talaash,' and 'Kick' had big superstars to sell them; that may not have been the case if it were just me. "
" I found the brick-making process fascinating - how, after being burnt, the brick would come out strong. I liked to sit on the stack of bricks and look as far as I could. I'd do the same at a hillock near my school - just sit on top at leisure and enjoy the feeling of being on top of the world. "
" I was introduced to cinema by C-grade films that played in my village, Budhana, in UP. Only films by Dada Kondke, Mahendra Sandhu, and Kanti Shah were available. "
" I don't want to take names, but there are some people who get everything served on a platter. This is a movie, this is your role, and you have to do it. Some people have to strive so hard to reach where they have and want to. "
" My experience has offered me the sensibility that encourages me to try newer characters. "
" I used to be the best comic actor in my batch. Everyone knew that my comic timing was impeccable. "
" The village I come from is the most ruthless, lawless land one can encounter. "
" I don't believe in the 100 crore club. "
" I prefer if friends come over to my office and we talk our heart out over a cup of coffee. I feel that no one talks freely at industry bashes. Everyone has to behave in a certain way, and I think no one is real there. We can't have heart-to-heart conversations, and I start feeling uncomfortable at such dos. "
" My character should not be ordinary, cliched, and if I feel that it's difficult to do this character, I take up that challenge to get into his character. "
" At first, I was hesitant when it came to giving autographs, thinking that I am not even worth giving one. But slowly I got over that phase. "
" One should go to the line through the character. You should see their lifestyle in the way they speak. "
" There is nothing called negative character. The negativity and positivity exists in all of us. "
" Most people go to ashrams or retreats to destress and rejuvenate themselves. But I come back to my roots, the place where I spent half my life. And when I return, I spend time in the farms, eating a stalk of sugarcane, driving a tractor, and chilling with childhood friends. "
" Bollywood has always pampered heroes and treated actors as second class citizens. But, of late, it has realised that there has to be space for actors who can connect with people. "
" I am trying every genre. "
" Prior to joining NSD, I was briefly associated with a small theater group in Delhi called Sakshi. Saurabh Shukla, Manoj Bapayee were my seniors in that group. I performed a few supporting roles in Sakshi plays. "