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" After joining theatre, I started thinking that acting in films was not half as challenging as theatre. "
" I think I was born to be an actor. "
I Was Born
" Success is just around the corner, but I don't want to rush into anything. "
" I arrived thinking I had these amazing looks and body and that I would straight away land the lead in a Yash Chopra film. Those fancy ideas got quashed soon enough. "
" When I didn't become the quintessential Yash Chopra hero, I got into the 'struggle' period and became negative. "
" The actor in me can never die. It's my first love and first dream. That's what keep me going. "
" As I look back and connect the dots, all I want to do is go back and hug my scared young self, who took a lot of steps out of impulse not knowing what will happen. So many nights of disappointment, so many others of being disillusioned where I would have just gone ahead and quit it all - I still do not know what kept me hanging in there. "
" I had travelled to a lot of cities in Europe before, but Prague was special. It held a mysterious attraction for me for during the time I was there. "
" I've been a protected child, but I moved out for further studies when I was 16, and I have travelled quite a bit by myself. "
" In 'Fugly,' I play a very middle-class guy with whom anyone can relate. At the same time, playing such characters is not as easy as it sounds. "
" As a true-blue Punjabi, I have learnt to tackle disappointments, especially since I have no godfather in the industry. "
" Akshay Kumar is like a guru. He made a mark in the industry without any godfather. Akshay sir is a superstar only because of his hard work and talent. "
" My role in 'Slumdog Millionaire' was a cameo, but it did expose me to cinema and took me to Cannes. I then did 'Prague,' which was a very niche film. "
" Making independent films is liberating. It eliminates self-censorship, which mainstream films are infected with due to commercial priorities. "
" Labels are actually not to make us understand things better: they are actually to ostracise and discriminate that what does not belong to the majority. "
" I left my cushy job as an engineer in New Delhi in 2008 to pursue acting in Mumbai. I figured roles will start pouring in as soon as I landed in the city, but my bubble burst quickly. "
" I was very shy as a kid, but films fascinated me a lot. I think every North Indian kid wants to grow up to become an actor at some point. I hail from a small village in Punjab. "
" Everybody in my family is very well educated. I'm probably the only one who is not a double post graduate. "
" There have been a bunch of Indian films in English that found an audience. "
" One of the biggest regrets I have in life is not getting an opportunity to work with Yash Chopra. "
" We all do role-play. Sometimes behind the camera, and sometimes in front of it. I am the few lucky ones who have been able to wear both hats and especially have been able to romance the camera in a believable way, and I hope that this romance between us never ends. "
" It is all about playing a challenging role, and whether a film is a commercial one or not does not really matter. "
" A good story needs equally good talent to foster it. "
" Some independent Indian films do so well at these festivals in Europe and in the United States that when they come back, India just cannot ignore them. "
" 'Slumdog' initiated a chain of events like going to Cannes and being invited to the Cairo Film Festival, which changed my perspective of cinema and of being an actor forever. "