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" I interact with journalists all the time, and I note how they behave. "
" Being a recognised face has its problems. I miss the freedom to go anywhere I want to. "
" Often when I feel I am reaching a saturation point in my performances, I think of coming back to NSD and attending workshops. "
" Rituparno Ghosh is a legendary director, and I happen to be a huge fan of his. "
" Coming from a small town, I didn't have big dreams. My biggest ambition was to find a job for myself. "
" 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 am ably balancing big and small films. With every big film I do, I try to take up films that are high on content and small on budget. "
" 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. "
" You will never see me dancing around the trees, chasing a heroine; I will never do films, no matter what the budget, for the heck of it. "
" 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. "
" I used to be the best comic actor in my batch. Everyone knew that my comic timing was impeccable. "
" Background scores allow me an absolute flight of the imagination, and I travel in my mind's eye. I do not like the scores to have vocal notes, because they act as a limitation to these flights of fancy. "
" 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. "
" I don't understand what A grade commercial cinema is. If you are talking about box office success, mine are A+ then! "
" I am trying every genre. "
" 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 a five-foot six-inch, dark, ordinary-looking man. People didn't imagine that I would make it. "
" I am quite looking forward to working with Shah Rukh Khan. "
" I won't give the credit to 'good fortune.' Whatever I have achieved is because of my hard work and passion. "
" The difference between an actor and a star is the budget and the overall presentation of a film. "
" I have seen many teachers in real life, which come from the same background and morality and treat their profession like just another one rather than a noble profession. "
" 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. "
" I knew I would get offers to play the villain after 'Kick,' and I had already decided to reject all of them. "
" Only heroes get stereotyped. As they do the same kind of roles again and again. "
" There was electricity in our village only for 2-3 hours a day, so all my life, I studied under a lamp. "
" Back in 1993, I was studying in Delhi, and I had a girlfriend. I had never touched a girl before that in my entire life. One day, I decided to go out with her to a garden. We were sitting beside each other, and I just glanced around to see if anyone was looking at us, and I put my hand over hers. I thought love started in this way. "
" 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. "
" Kabir Khan is a director who goes out of his way to make his actors comfortable. He's very chilled out. He makes the environment on set very casual and friendly. "
" I feel satisfied after achieving something difficult. "
" 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. "
" I have never thought about creating an image for myself in Bollywood. I am an actor and just want to experiment with roles. I am ready to do all type of roles. "