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" I don't want to get into a comfort zone. I am getting characters of varying shades, which I believe will help me grow as an actor. "
" I have always believed if the intention is right, it'll be a good film. "
" People working in films are somewhat like gypsies: we move from set to set and spent weeks, sometimes even longer working while shooting a film. Right from the spot boys to the make-up guys and cast and crew, we become a kind of family. "
" Whenever offers come my way, if I connect with it, then I am completely open to it. "
" I was shying away from acting for the longest time - because of having such big shoes to fill. "
" I can't come to terms with stardom or see myself as a star. "
" Somehow, I'm in denial about being desirable. But every time my wife tells me to shave or cut my hair or clean up my look, I playfully boast to her that I'm the most desirable man! "
" I have the luxury of balancing and juggling films in different languages. "
" If someone asked me if I would be interested in doing a Hindi film, I would not say no. There were offers in the past, but something about 'Karwaan' just called out to me. The storyline of three unique characters in a van with a coffin seemed fresh, and I got a good vibe from the team. "
" For any actor, being part of a Mani Ratnam film is a great experience. I grew up watching his films. "
" You can't learn acting through any classes. "
" I would be very uncomfortable doing a safe part. It would make me think something is wrong. "
" One has to move from one's comfort zone to challenge oneself. "
" I've been dubbing my own lines in Tamil for some time now. "
" I didn't want to use my father's name. I don't think I will ever want to use his influence... Never have I gone around asking people, 'Do you know who I am...' Even if it's to cut a line at the airport. "
" I need to rely on the director's confidence and what he sees in me. "
" People think that I have some idea about how I choose my films. I make sure that I am doing the kind of films that I want to watch. You hear so many stories, and one of them will stand out and connect to you somewhere. "
" I used to make short films even as a kid. I used to have a camera and play around with it. So, I was always interested in the process and telling stories. I've always wanted to direct. "
" I don't think anything should limit me. I don't think any industry should be disrespected or looked down upon. "
" For me, style is all about confidence. What you wear, both in terms of clothing and jewellery, should add to your confidence. "
" When you just coast through work and don't feel inspired, I feel you are lying to yourself. "
" I don't want to commit to too many films, as it would result in getting out of touch with what is happening in the industry. "
" I've done all my schooling at Chennai - it's always home for me. All my growing up years have been spent here, and I have really fond memories associated with the city. "
" I don't want to do acting as a chore or a job. "
" I chose my own path because that was the only way. "
" The debut film came much easier to me than it would have if I was an outsider. "
" My mum is slightly biased and feels everything I do is wonderful, but Dad was like, 'You should go ahead boldly, and I think you should do more films.' To me, that was some kind of acceptance. "
" I might play characters that are loud in the movies, but in real life, I'm not loud in terms of personality. "
" I studied business in the U.S. and later worked in Dubai. "
" There is nothing like a 'born actor.' It's all about honing the skills. "
" I can make chicken curry, rice, kheema... I am a foodie and enjoy varied cuisines. My favourites are Korean and Japanese. "